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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (19 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469220571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469220574
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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'Startling . . . Hannah Rothschild tells this story with care, balancing narrative tension with a desire to lay out all the facts so readers can make up their own minds . . . Wholly gripping' (Rachel Cooke Observer)

'The story that Hannah Rothschild tells in her bright, clear prose is a mixture of things - nearly a biography of Nica, nearly a biography of Thelonious Monk, nearly a sketch of the 1950s New York jazz scene. At one level it's a version of The Hare with Amber Eyes . . . [Nica's] story, with all its tall tales and theatrical paraphernalia, is full of interest and warmth . . . She was ballsy and kind. There's something to be drawn out here - something given a particular emotional torque by the author's own consciousness of her place in this family - about belonging and escape: about what you can achieve, what you're doomed to endure, and all that jazz' (Sam Leith Spectator)

Riveting, touching and insightful (Daily Telegraph)

A well-researched biography. It is one third a history of the Rothschild family, one third a portrait of Nica, and one third a biography of Monk. Nica comes across as a remarkable woman, strong, feisty and rebellious (Sunday Times)

Richly textured, elegantly told and often as surprising as its subject, Hannah Rothschild's biography of her great-aunt is a moving tribute to a fascinating and original woman (Country Life) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Part musical odyssey, part dazzling love story The Baroness traces Nica's extraordinary, thrilling journey - from England's stately homes to the battlefields of Africa, passing under the shadow of the Holocaust, and finally, to the creative ferment of New York's 1950s jazz scene. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By keenreader on 7 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Baroness is about so much more than Nica, the Rothschild woman at its centre. It cleverly weaves a tale of bygone days with issues like feminism and the beauty of jazz. The author brings the world of generations of her family alive but never seems overwhelmed by them. She tackles the question of self-worth in high achieving families with a light but authoritative touch. If this makes it sound at all dry or overly worthy - it never is, and it is a book that you want to read to the end as soon as you start the first sentence.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SarahH on 7 Aug. 2013
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I found this book fascinating, as much as a history of an eccentric and influential family, as of a biography of Nica. I bought it as a jazz fan to find out more about Nica, of whom I knew very little. It is true that there is perhaps less jazz than one might expect and some reviewers found the extensive coverage of the various members and generations of the Rothschild family over-emphasised. But for me that was an unexpected and interesting bonus, providing a colourful background for Nica's unexpected life choices.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Metcalfe on 26 Oct. 2012
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You'll never get any more real or better feel of Theo` Monk's mixed up life. Not a technical music journey, but the finest eye-opener and intriguing story, with the added access into the world of possibly one of the planets richest families at the time. You'll learn more of Thelonious Monk the man, and Nica his patron,plus other jazz greats and the complicated life they led. You will feel like a friend to them all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Bawden jazz fan on 12 Oct. 2014
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A totally fascinating read for any jazz fan interested in the lives of Charlie Parker and especially Thelonious Monk. Of course the book is more than a story about these jazz musicians, it is about Nica Rothschild. The book also gives a insight into the lives of the Rothchilds.
Well worth reading.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ernie Browser on 16 Aug. 2012
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A brilliant, well researched biography of fascinating and eccentric woman who came from a wealthy and privileged background and wound up immersed in the seedy jazz world of mid twentieth century New York. The Baroness Koenigswarter was a woman of great beauty, courage and single mindedness who combined a hedonistic lifestyle with giving a leg up to the often dysfunctional, socially and economically deprived characters who honed and evolved their music in the clubs of 52nd Street, Manhattan, in its heyday. In particular she was devoted to the mentally deranged Thelonius Monk. As well a evoking the crazy world of the mid-town New York of the time, in complete contrast it also traces the origins of The Rothschild family from its origins in the slum ghetto of Frankfurt to great wealth and influence in the countries of Western Europe and then to the family's decline as many of the succeeding generations became less interested in banking and increasingly eccentric in their lifestyles. The Baroness was perhaps the prime example of the latter. A book I couldn't put down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dodger on 6 Aug. 2012
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Everyone has heard of the Rothschilds , this book tell the insides of the great family
its a super read , it tell some cold facts and passions
Again a marvellous read..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Raposo on 24 April 2015
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This is more than a book about Jazz. It is a fascinating story of one of the most well-known families in the world, a story that takes us on a journey through mid 19th century to the mid 20th century. Oh yes, and it is about Jazz. I found myself reading this with a notebook by my side so that I could write down some events and names, and once I was finishing reading it I read it again so that I could enjoy it even more second time around. A great read, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gingernut on 16 Mar. 2015
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This is really a great book to read. Anyone interested in Rothschild dynasty this is a must read which gives an in depth history into the family and its origins. I LOVE this book with photos, family tree and very insightful information. The author is a descendent of the Rothschild who did an awful lot of research. Highly recommend it. Have bought two more copies for my sister and friend
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