The First Tycoon

The First Tycoon

The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

Book - 2009
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A gripping, groundbreaking biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism. We see Vanderbilt help to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
ISBN: 9780375415425
Characteristics: xii, 719 p., [36] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,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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