The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

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By (author) T.J. Stiles

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  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Format: Hardback | 752 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 239mm x 51mm | 1,247g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375415424
  • ISBN 13: 9780375415425
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 32 Pages of Photographs
  • Sales rank: 244,544

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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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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. He has written for "The New York Times Book Review, "Salon.com, "Smithsonian, " and the "Los Angeles Times." He""lives in San Francisco.

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"T.J. Stiles has given us a balanced and absorbing biography of this colorful and often ruthless entrepreneur, the first of the 'robber barons' who transformed the American economy in the nineteenth century." -James M. McPherson, author of" Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era ""At long last a biography worthy of the Commodore, meticulously researched, superbly written, and filled with original insights." -Maury Klein, author of" The Life and Legend of Jay Gould ""T.J. Stiles writes with the magisterial sweep of a great historian and the keen psychological insight of a great biographer." The First Tycoon "is the fullest, most perceptive chronicle ever written of the life and times of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the original American robber baron and the epitome of unfettered, winner-take-all capitalism. With panache and admirable ease, Stiles maps the financial and political currents on which Vanderbilt buccaneered and shows that it was Vanderbilt, more than anyone else, who enabled business to evolve into Big Business." -Patricia O'Toole, author of" When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House """The First Tycoon" is a brilliant exposition of the life of Cornelius Vanderbilt and the entrepreneurial environment that he shaped. Readers will look at Grand Central Station and much else in American life with fresh eyes." -Joyce Appleby, author of "The Restless Revolution: A History of Capitalism "