The Rothschilds A Family Portrait Author:Frederick Morton In "The Rothschilds: A Family Portrait" Frederic Morton brings to light the backstage history of The House of Rothschild and its unique historical phenomenon that transcended business ability in gaining eminence. His narrative focuses most closely on the human side of the Rothschild saga: "A money-changer becomes a great banker, not just because... more » he is good at arithmetic, but because his impulses and reflexes are geared for success."
Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1925, Frederick Morton, with the advent of Nazi power, left his native country in 1938 and came to New York. He received his B.S. degree from the City College of New York and his M.A from the New School in Ney york, and has lectured at the Universities of Southern California and Utah, and the New School. in 1947 Mr. Morton received a fellowship for the Breadloaf Writers' conference and the same year was awarded the Intercollegiate Literary Fellowship prize by Dodd, Mead for his first novel, The Hound. He received Yaddo residence fellowships in 1949 and 1952, and a fellowship from Columbia University in 1955. Mr. Morton has written for The Nation The Reporter, Esquire and The Atlantic and is a regular contributor to Holiday. In addition to The Hound, he has published three other novels, The Darkness Below, 1949, Asphalt and Desire, 1952, and The Witching Shep, 1960. Mr Morton and his wife divide their time bnertween Europe and New York City.« less