The First Tycoon (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 21, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 752 pages
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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.


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Review: The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

User 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

Review: The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

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This biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt has a fascinating through-story: the huge changes that took place in the US in the 19th century through the lens of the economy and business. Vanderbilt was part ... Read full review

Contents

The Duelist
36
A Tricky
64
Nemesis
92
Sole Control
119
Man of Honor
136
Prmnet 1eu
209
Star oftbe Hist
223
Ariel
253
Epilogue
562
73
573
119
602
136
623
163
642
194
664
223
678
Primary Source Bibliography
691

Champion
298
ar
364
The Power to Punish
402
Among Friends
438
Consolidations
474
177
693
298
705
Index 73
717
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About the author (2009)

T. J. Stiles has held the Gilder Lehrman Fellowship in American History at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, taught at Columbia University, and served as adviser for the PBS series The American Experience. His first book, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War, won the Ambassador Book Award and the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship, and was a New York Times Notable Book. The First Tycoon won the National Book Award in 2009. He has written for The New York Times Book Review, Salon.com, Smithsonian, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in San Francisco.
 
Visit the author's website at www.tjstiles.com.


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