The First Tycoon

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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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Just fantastic... A balance between the personal, the social and the financial transformations happening in society within that particular area. Starting with Cornelius humble beginnings, M. Stiles ... Read full review

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There were the rich, the super rich, and Cornelius Vanderbilt. T.J. Stiles takes you through the life of the Commodore in The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Sons are notoriously ... Read full review

Contents

The Duelist
36
A Tricky
64
Nemesis
92
Sole Control
119
Man of Honor
136
Part
161
Star of the West
194
North Star
223
Dynasty
518
Epilogue
563
Acknowledgments
573
Bibliographical Essay
579
Notes
589
119
602
136
623
163
633

Ariel
253
Panderbilt
298
Part Three
333
The Origins of Empire
365
The Power to Punish
402
Among Friends
438
Consolidations
474
253
645
335
658
402
670
474
676
Primary Source Bibliography
691
Index
703
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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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