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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (53 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Niall Ferguson Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this groundbreaking new biography based on more than ten thousand hitherto unavailable letters and diary entries, bestselling author Niall Ferguson returns to his roots as a financial historian to tell the story of Siegmund Warburg, an extraordinary man whose austere philosophy of finance offers much insight today.

A refugee from Hitler’s Germany, Warburg rose to become the dominant figure in postwar City of London and one of the architects of European financial integration. Seared by the near collapse and then “Aryanization” of his family’s long-established bank in the 1930s and then frustrated by the stagnation of its Wall Street sister, Kuhn Loeb, in the 1950s, Warburg resolved that his own firm of S. G. Warburg (founded in 1946) would be different.

An obsessive perfectionist with an aversion to excessive risk, Warburg came to embody the ideals of the haute banque—high finance—always eschewing the fast buck in favor of gilt-edged advice. He was not only the master of the modern merger and founder of the eurobond; he was also a key behind-the-scenes adviser to governments in London, Tokyo, and Jerusalem—to his critics, a “financial Rasputin.” Like a character from a Thomas Mann novel, Warburg was a complex and ambivalent man, as much a psychologist, politician, and actor-manager as he was a banker. In High Financier, Ferguson shares the first book-length examination of a man whose life and work suggest an alternative to the troubled business principles that helped shape our current financial landscape.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ferguson draws a richly vivid portrait of this unusual banker.”

    New York Times

  • “Its many finance lessons aside, High Financier is a pleasure to [listen to] simply as a work of literary skill. It is not only prodigiously researched but also splendidly written—clear and vivid and precise.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Ferguson brings great authority to this account…[He] is a talented writer, capable of grace and insight, but it is his ability as a historian that shows most strongly in High Financier.”

    Washington Post

  • “Ferguson has written a most engrossing and edifying tale of high finance…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “James Langton employs a clear, clipped voice for much of the narration…This is a well-written, broadly sourced look at a brilliant financier.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Frank Kelly | 3/29/2013

    " What a guy! They do not write many in-depth biographies about great financiers anymore (unless it's about their trial, conviction and time in jail). Warburg was larger than life and Ferguson brings it all to vivid life. Lots of fun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Terry | 8/15/2011

    " I've been a big fan of N. Ferguson since having read,"The Ascent of Money." As I laboriously read through this book, though, I could not stop from wondering whether this was a book he was paid to write on commission by the Warburg family." I took nothing away from it of value. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Frank | 12/26/2010

    " What a guy! They do not write many in-depth biographies about great financiers anymore (unless it's about their trial, conviction and time in jail). Warburg was larger than life and Ferguson brings it all to vivid life. Lots of fun. "

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