Book cover of The Sassoons: The Great Global Merchants and the Making of an Empire by Joseph Sassoonby Joseph Sassoon

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.

“Engaging…compelling…well-paced and supremely satisfying. ”—The New York Times

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.’

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Joseph Sassoon, “The Sassoons: The Great Global Merchants and the Making of an Empire” (Pantheon Books, 2022)
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Joseph Sassoon on A History of the Sassoons—One of the World’s Great Global Merchant Families
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