The Mystery Man of Europe: Sir Basil Zaharoff 1929 ~ Biography ~ Arms Dealer ~ Merchant of Death ~ History


Title: The Mystery Man of Europe: Sir Basil Zaharoff

Author: Dr. Richard Lewinsohn

Description: Stated First Edition. Tan cloth with brown lettering on spine and front cover. Spine toned and a tad cocked. Head of spine frayed; upper corner of front cover worn; some light soiling. Interior is unmarked and generally clean. Eight illustrations (mostly photographs of Zaharoff) on plates, including frontispiece 241 pages.

Biography of Sir Basil Zaharoff (1849-1936), the politically influential Greek arms dealer and financier, described as both a ''merchant of death'' and a ''mystery man of Europe''. He was one of Europe's wealthiest and most influential figures, an eminence grise who remained relatively unknown to the public for his working behind the scenes. He was also, for a time, the owner the Monte Carlo Casino and Monaco's principal source of revenue.

The author, Richard Lewinsohn (1894-1968), was at the time the financial editor of the important Berlin newspaper, Vossische Zeitung. Around this time, he also writing under pseudonyms for the Berlin weekly, Die Weltbuhne, and the German exile magazine in Paris, Das Neue Tage-Buch.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good–
Jacket Condition: None

Publisher: J. B. Lippincott Company
Place: Philadelphia and London
Year: 1929

Keywords: biography, history, arms merchants, Europe, politics, war, merchant of death, spies,

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