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  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press; New edition edition (31 Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815604114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815604112
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 1999
Format: Paperback
I thought this book did a wonderful job of describing the people behind the names, money, and power of these families. It provided a detailed, colorful history of how the founding family members came to this country; the trials and tribulations they encountered along the way; and how they overcame all of these things on their way to achieving thier ultimate financial and social status. The story of these families personifies the American dream - That a strong will, intelligence, and hard work are the keys to success. In addition, the book sheds light on the social, class, and religous biases that were perpetuated by the success of these families, biases that remain in place today within the Jewish community.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 1999
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This is an excellent book -- no doubt about it. Mr. Birmingham is in command of his facts. But there are just too many asides in here about shocks, struts and motor oil. Car lovers can read many other books -- this one should have stuck to the subject of Jews in America. But overall, it's a good book
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
An interesting insight behind these powerful families 14 May 1999
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I thought this book did a wonderful job of describing the people behind the names, money, and power of these families. It provided a detailed, colorful history of how the founding family members came to this country; the trials and tribulations they encountered along the way; and how they overcame all of these things on their way to achieving thier ultimate financial and social status. The story of these families personifies the American dream - That a strong will, intelligence, and hard work are the keys to success. In addition, the book sheds light on the social, class, and religous biases that were perpetuated by the success of these families, biases that remain in place today within the Jewish community.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Engaging history 30 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A very interesting history of the great Jewish families of New York. Birmingham flings the door open on some of the most reclusive and secretive oligopolies in business history. Not only is it an eye opening history of the German jews in New York but it is engaging and interesting to read. It does not read like a textbook. Birmingham has really done his homework. If you want to learn about some real eccentric/succesful personalities and about the German jewish families ofNew York, this is the best book on the subject.
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Well-written and interesting 5 April 2007
By Robert Fishman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was a very interesting account of the German-Jewish experience in the United States from the mid 19th century through the mid 20th century. It looks carefully at how a number of families rose stratospherically into the nation's financial elite within a short period of time. While the families were assimilated on some levels (particularly with respect to economic achievement), they clung to their German roots on other levels (as demonstrated by their American-born children being schooled in the German tradition, and by certain political views). Many members of this group saw themselves as being German before being Jewish, and this set up an intra-religious "pecking order" (a member of this group marrying a non-German Jew was apparently out of the question). I only wish that the book would be updated, as it ends in the late 1950s.
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Tremendously well-written! 8 Feb. 2012
By Bridget Pumphrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was so impressed by this book...It's a true tour de force and made me aware of so much about which I had had no idea. I had never known about such important facets of Jewish experiences in NYC and its environs. I recommend this book to everyone! The ways in which Jewish people lived, the important stories Mr. Birmingham chooses to tell, all reflect a felt sensitivity to Jews, which I admire greatly. If you know of anything in the book which is not accurate, I would like to be informed, though it seems immensely well-researched. I'm a critical thinker, however, and welcome corrected information. It seems Mr. Birmingham has not been sufficiently praised, as I have had six years of post BA coursework and never had the luck of seeing his work. May the Jewish people thrive wherever they may be."Our Crowd": The Great Jewish Families of New York (Modern Jewish History)
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The Other Great Families of New York's "Gilded Age" 10 July 2014
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A wonderful book chronicling the Jewish equivalent to "The 400", those wealthy (gentile) society people who were NYC's upper-crust in the last half of the 19th Century to the beginning of the 20th. "Our Crowd" was made up of hyper-wealthy bankers who helped build this nations railroads, banking system and even helped fund GM. Largely unsung, the Seligmans, Kuhns, Loebs, Goldmans, Lehmans, Guggenheims et al rivaled and, in some cases surpassed the Morgans, Astors, Vanderbilts, Fishes et al.
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