THE INCREDIBLE KRUPPS by Robert Muhlen

THE INCREDIBLE KRUPPS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A competent chronicle of that feudal family empire which can trace its forebears back to the 16th century but which for only 150 years rose to tremendous size and power, paralleled the political fortunes of Germany and was identified with both its strength and its defeat. While the first Friedrich Krupp was a man too far ahead of his times, his son Alfred turned his father's failure into success; in so doing lost his wife, but never gave away a pfennig of the fortune he accumulated. Two generations later Bertha Krupps, with her consort husband, took over the management of the steel empire, while it was their son Alfred who paid the real price (prison for six years) for collaboration with Hitler. The dismantling of the industry after World War II lasted for only a few years; today Alfried has rebuilt the empire, is one of the world's wealthiest men, and is patterning his country's democratic upswing (an arguable if wishful conclusion)..... A man's book, primarily a business man's book, of greater financial and political than personal history.

Pub Date: Nov. 16th, 1959
Publisher: Holt