“The Last Ships from Hamburg” Book Talk with Steven Ujifusa and Chip Fisher
In The Last Ships from Hamburg: Business, Rivalry, and the Race to Save Russia’s Jews on the Eve of World War I, bestselling historian Steven Ujifusa tells the largely forgotten, colorful story of three remarkable businessmen who, driven by very different motives, made much of this immigration possible and forever changed the fate of millions. They were: Jacob Schiff, managing partner of the investment bank Kuhn, Loeb & Company who used his immense wealth to help Jews to leave Europe; Albert Ballin, managing director of the Hamburg-American Line who created a transportation network of trains and steamships; and the notorious J.P. Morgan, mastermind of the International Mercantile Marine (I.M.M.) trust who tried to take over the lucrative steamship business. With often contradictory goals, these titans of industry forged powerful alliances and compelling rivalries.
Ujifusa will be in discussion about the book with Chip Fisher, Chairman of Fisher Wallace Laboratories and a Principal of Ursus Advisory, a niche life consultancy practice.
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