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Morgenthau : power, privilege, and the rise of an American dynasty

Morgenthau : power, privilege, and the rise of an American dynasty / Andrew Meier.
First edition.
New York : Random House, [2022]
Physical Description
xxi, 1,046 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"Since their arrival in the United States from Germany in 1866, the Morgenthaus have been a linchpin in American history -- losing everything only to grow rich again, assimilating, and then climbing to the country's highest ranks of power. In the words of former Mayor Ed Koch, they are "the closest thing we've got to royalty in New York City." With unprecedented, exclusive access to family archives, award-winning journalist Andrew Meier chronicles this epic American story, revealing how the Morgenthaus amassed enormous wealth, advised presidents, shaped the New Deal, decried mass murder during the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust, waged war in the Mediterranean and Pacific, and built a dynasty that would remake the city of New York. Morgenthau begins with Lazarus, who arrived in New York City dreaming of rebuilding the fortune he had lost in his homeland of Germany. While Lazarus died destitute, in shame and alone, the family would rise once again with the ascendance of Henry, who became a real estate baron, and one of the first to suggest to Woodrow Wilson that he run for president. From there, the Morgenthaus would go on to influence the most consequential presidencies of the 20th century, as Henry's son Henry, Jr., became FDR's longest-serving aide, his Treasury Secretary during the War, and his confidante of 30 years. Finally, there was Robert Morgenthau, a decorated World War II hero who went on to become the longest-tenured district attorney in the history of New York City -- "DA for life," as he was known. As DA, he oversaw some of the most important legal cases in New York of the last fifty years, from the war on the Mafia, the advent of white-collar prosecutions, to the race wars of the 1970s -- and, of course, the Central Park Five case. At heart public servants and confidantes, the Morgenthaus propelled candidates into power. But they were often forced to stand loyally on the sidelines, even as they witnessed the great moral and human cost of political expediency. The saga of the Morgenthau family has lain half-hidden in the shadows for too long. At heart a family history, Morgenthau is also an American epic, as big and improbable as the country itself"-- Provided by publisher.
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Power, privilege, and the rise of an American dynasty
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December 09, 2022
Includes bibliographical references and index.

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