Joseph Sassoon | The Sassoons: The Great Global Merchants and the Making of an Empire

Recorded Nov 2, 2023
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“A marvelous epitaph to a monumental family, makers of several worlds and keepers of none” (The Wall Street Journal), Joseph Sassoon’s eponymous historical volume The Sassoons charts the remarkable 19th-century rise and 20th-century fall of his illustrious ancestors. During the 19th century, the Sassoon family, once known as “the Rothschilds of the East,” built a global empire based on shipping, opium, and banking, but experienced the loss of its dynastic fortunes during the 20th century. A professor of history and politics at Georgetown University, Sassoon is also a senior associate member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford and a trustee of the Bodleian Library. His other books include the prize-winning Saddam Hussein's Ba'th Party, The Iraqi Refugees, and The Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics.

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