The First Tycoon

The First Tycoon

eBook - 2009
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NATIONAL BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDIn 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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage, 2009
ISBN: 9780307271556

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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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