"A vivid and dramatic account of one of the most influential families in Italian history"
"Paul Strathern studied philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin. He has lectured in philosophy and mathematics. He is a Somerset Maugham prize-winning novelist; the author of two series of books - Philosophers in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea- Scientists who Changed the World; and, most recently, has written Mendeleyev's Dream (shortlisted for the Aventis Science Book Prize) and Dr. Strangelove's Game- A History of Economic Genius."
An excellent history...an entertaining, if ultimately dispiriting
tale of the rise and fall of an ambitious banking family -- Ian
Thomson * Sunday Times *
Strathern has done his research thoroughly, and tells a good story well * Sunday Telegraph *
A great overview of one family's centuries-long role in changing the face of Europe * Irish Independent *