First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt


By (author) T.J. Stiles

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 736 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 41mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1400031745
  • ISBN 13: 9781400031740
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 84,615

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This is a biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism. The book reflects seven years of research, mining scores of archives and hundreds of manuscript collections, many never cited before, supporting a major reinterpretation of Vanderbilt's business and personal life.

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Author information

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, ", "Smithsonian, " and the "Los Angeles Times." He""lives in San Francisco. Visit the author's website at

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A "The New York Times" Notable Book A "Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The New Yorker, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, " and "Kansas City Star" Book of the Year "A mighty--and mighty confident--work. . . . This is state-of-the-art biography. . . . "The First Tycoon "has been widely praised, and rightly so. . . . This is state-of-the-art biography." --"The New York Times" "Superbly written and researched. . . . Worthy of its subject." --"The Economist" "Truly remarkable. . . . A landmark study that significantly enhances one's understanding of U.S. economic history. . . . [Stiles is] one of the most exciting writers in the field." --"Foreign Affairs" "Stiles has painte