The First Tycoon

The First Tycoon

The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

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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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A profile of the iconic builder of the first Grand Central Station draws on previously untapped materials to provide coverage of his roles in such historical eras as the Gold Rush, the transportation revolution and the development of the modern corporation. Reprint.

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A biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism, documenting how Vanderbilt helped launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400031740
Branch Call Number: BIO Vanderbilt STI
Characteristics: xii, 719 p., [28] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,25 cm.


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amorina Feb 14, 2015

A must read for budding entrepeneurs and politicians. A long read but very well referenced and interesting.

Also more material for Malcolm Gladwells nest book.

May 16, 2011

Quite a readable account about a wonderfully interesting period of the American story often over-looked: those quiet decades between the Revolution and the Civil War.
It's a great story about the development of the great transportation networks and, as the author makes clear, Vanderbilt's story and storied fortune runs right through it like a bright thread in a tapestry. I really enjoyed this book.

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