The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, by T.J. Stiles, is the first complete, authoritative biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt. It?s an enlightening biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism. View a complex portrait of one of America?s iconic figures, and you?ll journey down a sweeping, fast-moving pathway of adventure.
Born into humble beginnings on Staten Island, Cornelius ?Commodore? Vanderbilt rose from boatman to builder of the nation?s largest fleet of steamships and lord of a railroad empire, garnering a consultation with Abraham Lincoln himself during the Civil War. A visionary, Vanderbilt pioneered business models and commanded the attention of New York?s social elite?an enormous feat for an unschooled fist fighter.
This epic tale reveals Vanderbilt as a father struggling with a gambling-addicted son, as a difficult husband, and as an old man obsessed with contacting the dead. It is the tale of a man and a nation maturing together to write part of early American history.
- 2 pages of photographs
- Jacket design by Stephanie Kloss
- Front-of-jacket image: Cornelius Vanderbilt