Morgenthau: Power, Privilege, and the Rise of an American Dynasty


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Random House
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6.0 X 9.4 X 2.1 inches | 3.22 pounds

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About the Author

Andrew Meier is the author of Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall and The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service. A former Moscow correspondent for Time, he has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, among numerous other publications, for more than two decades. His work has been recognized with fellowships from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library and the Leon Levy Center for Biography, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and their two daughters.


"Andrew Meier has constructed an epic of vast scope and bravura research, drawing on more than a decade of digging to provide a window into one of the twentieth century's most influential families, and what its sprawling history can teach us about power and politics in America."--Ronan Farrow

"Morgenthau is the rare writerly accomplishment that manages to tell a tale that is both epic and intimate. It is exhaustively researched, vividly written, and a welcome reminder that even the most noxious evils can be vanquished when capable and committed citizens do their best."--David M. Kennedy

"Morgenthau is a magisterial book, cinematic in scope and dramatic in its pacing, a vivid retelling of critical domestic and world events over two centuries that is both gripping and illuminating."--Fiona Hill, PhD

"This is the story of one of the great American dynasties. Andrew Meier tells it with zest, sensitivity, and an eye for both historical significance and revealing personal detail. Morgenthau is a lasting achievement."--Adam Hochschild

"Andrew Meier's engrossing history of the Morgenthau dynasty is about both a remarkable family and, as important, the rise of the United States to world power."--Margaret MacMillan

"Morgenthau is an epic, utterly absorbing portrait of an American family that has left an indelible imprint on the city of New York--and our country. Confidence men, diplomats, cabinet secretaries, New Dealers, developers of New York City, crime fighters, war heroes, Mob busters, power brokers, and advisers to presidents: You can't tell the story of the last two centuries without also telling the story of the Morgenthau family. Thankfully, Andrew Meier has done exactly that, in remarkable, compelling prose."--Gay Talese

"A gripping, deeply researched, and intimate saga of an American dynasty that is also a history of the United States, New York, and Jewish-American life though 150 years of the remarkable Morgenthau family."--Simon Sebag Montefiore

"Morgenthau has everything. It's the intensely human story of four generations of an American family whose achievements, at home and overseas, have largely been forgotten until now, with a huge supporting cast that includes everyone from Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, and Robert Kennedy to Joe Bananas, Roy Cohn, and Donald Trump. Morgenthau is vividly written, deeply researched--and not to be missed."--Geoffrey C. Ward, author of A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, 1905-1928

"Meier draws on hundreds of hours of interviews and prodigious archival research to craft an absorbing narrative following four generations of one of America's most prominent families. . . . A majestic, authoritative multigenerational saga."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Meier's narrative mixes political drama . . . with colorful family melodrama. . . . It's also a vivid panorama of the New York that made the Morgenthaus. . . . The result is a fascinating family portrait on the grandest scale."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)