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The first tycoon : the epic life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

Author: T J Stiles
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Vintage Books edView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Cornelius Vanderbilt; Cornelius Vanderbilt
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: T J Stiles
ISBN: 9781400031740 1400031745
OCLC Number: 436029956
Notes: Previously published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Awards: Pulitzer Prize for biography, 2010; National Book Award for nonfiction, 2009.
Description: xii, 719 p., [36] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Captain 1794-1847. The islander --
The duelist --
A tricky god --
Nemesis --
Sole control --
Man of honor --
pt. 2. Commodore 1848-1860. Prometheus --
Star of the west --
North star --
Ariel --
Vanderbilt --
Champion --
pt. 3. King 1861-1877. War --
The origins of empire --
The power to punish --
Among friends --
Consolidations --
Dynasty --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: T.J. Stiles.

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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.

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