Book ‘The Sassoons’ by Joseph Sassoon

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The Great Global Merchants and the Making of an Empire

A spectacular generational saga of the making (and undoing) of a family dynasty: the riveting untold story of the gilded Jewish Bagdadi Sassoons, who built a vast empire through global finance and trade — cotton, opium, shipping, banking — that reached across three continents and ultimately changed the destinies of nations. With full access to rare family photographs and archives. They were one of the richest families in the world for two hundred years, from the 19th century to the 20th, and were known as ‘the Rothschilds of the East.’ Mesopotamian in origin, and for more than forty years the chief treasurers to the pashas of Baghdad and Basra, they were forced to flee to Bushir on the Persian Gulf; David Sassoon and sons starting over with nothing, and beginning to trade in India in cotton and opium…

Publisher: Pantheon (October 25, 2022); Pages: 432 pages; ISBN-10: 0593316592; ISBN-13: 978-0593316597; ASIN:‎ B09Q839Q44

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Author’s biography: JOSEPH SASSOON is Professor of History and Politics at Georgetown University. He is also a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford and a Trustee of the Bodleian Library. His previous books include the prize-winning Saddam Hussein’s Ba’th PartyThe Iraqi Refugees and The Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics.