High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg
"Prodigiously researched but also splendidly written-clear and vivid and precise." --The Wall Street Journal
Drawing on more than ten thousand hitherto unavailable letters and diary entries, bestselling author Niall Ferguson tells the story of Siegmund Warburg, a complex man who was as much a psychologist, a politician, and an actor-manager as a banker. An obsessive perfectionist with an aversion to excessive risk, Warburg-and the S. G. Warburg firm-adopted a financial philosophy that was the antithesis of the debt-fueled, algorithm-driven banking of our time. In High Financier, Niall Ferguson recaptures the meticulous business methods and strict ethical code that set Warburg apart from the mere speculators and traders who inhabit today's financial world.
Beautifully paced, dramatically subtle and psychologically shrewd, this is Ferguson at his finest --Peter Stormonth Darling Spectator Ferguson is a talented writer, capable of grace and insight, but it is his ability as a historian that shows most strongly in High Financier - T. J. Stiles The Washington Post Sunday Its many finance lessons aside, High Financier is a pleasure to read simply as a work of literary skill. It is not only prodigiously researched but also splendidly written-clear and vivid and precise, perhaps even of enough merit to satisfy a word-stickler like Siegmund Warburg Wall Street Journal A timely, original and engaging biography of Siegmund Warburg - Sathnam Sanghera The Times This book is both a notable contribution to economic history and a fascinating portrait - Geoffrey Owen Telegraph
Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians and the author of a sequence of bestselling books, the most recent being The Ascent of Money and Civilization.