The First Tycoon (Google eBook)
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
In this groundbreaking biography, T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the combative man and American icon who, through his genius and force of will, did more than perhaps any other individual to create modern capitalism. Meticulously researched and elegantly written, The First Tycoon describes an improbable life, from Vanderbilt’s humble birth during the presidency of George Washington to his death as one of the richest men in American history. In between we see how the Commodore helped to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation. Epic in its scope and success, the life of Vanderbilt is also the story of the rise of America itself.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius VanderbiltUser Review - Greg Fanoe - Goodreads
Now that I finally finished this thing up what do I think? I think it's still hampered by the fact that the subject, Cornelius Vanderbilt, just didn't do very many interesting things. The author does ... Read full review
Review: The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius VanderbiltUser Review - Bonnie - Goodreads
2.5? 3? I'm conflicted. This book has been on my wish list to read for years. I wanted to love it. But I just don't give a damn about the intricacies of business. I don't care about the back and forth ... Read full review
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