Libo assembled a mosaic of testimonies—interviews, written responses, letters, and magazine articles—tracing the trajectory of one of America’s great Jewish families. He deftly marks out the Lehman odyssey from Rimpar, Bavaria, to Montgomery, Alabama, to New York City. Theirs is a journey from the era of German Jewish immigration through the Civil War to the boom years that transformed the American economy (and the Lehman family business), through the decades when Herbert Lehman was one of the most respected and influential statesmen in the country. The book also depicts the vivacity and influence of Lehman women. The result is a sweeping family saga in all its personal, philanthropic, and political ramifications.
(2007, Hardcover, 358 pages)