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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    An Epic Story Gets an Epic Telling

    I had no idea how crucial Cornelius Vanderbilt was, and remains, to the American idea.

    Did YOU know that this storied name Vanderbilt, started life as the lower middle-class son (merchant class) of a Staten Island farmer cum ferry boat captain?

    If you didn't know that, you may also not have known that Cornelius (I feel like we're on a 1st name basis after reading this book) literally invented:

    - Modern public transportation (think ferry boats, railways)
    - Modern Finance (think Wall Street)
    - Modern Commerce and Capitalism (think about underwriting both the
    above and making capital markets)

    Vanderbilt invented the genre of multi-millionaire setting the stage for ALL who came after, including the likes of John D. Rockefeller; Carnegie; Frick and a slew of less-desirable robber-barons of the 19th century).

    The author gets a tad into the weeds in most chapters as he describes in excruciating detail some of the less interesting aspects of a particular ferry, railroad or wall street deal - but once I felt myself drifting - found that I could migrate to the end of the chapter and still get most of the great content from each chapter.

    T.J.-- note to self: let the editor do his or her job on your next fantastic journey!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    First Tycoon

    Amazing how an individual could amass one of the largest fortunes of his day through shipping. Vanderbilt started with sail boats running between Staten Island (the forgotten borough?) to Manhattan. But, he took advantage of newer technology (steam and paddle wheelers), mastered it, pushed it; then added in relentless focus on what the customer wanted (imagine that...) low costs, fast transits, multiple routes.
    Vanderbilt was personally strong and a classic example of taking advantage of opportunities and maximizing them. A good (long) read. Nicely ties in the surrounding historical events (nothing occurs in a vacuum). Has some interesting lessons for today (lobbying, shady deals, etc). Curious how Vanderbilt treated his wife, children, in-laws, friends, end enemies. All of which could be mixed in their roles.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    Corporate Greed!

    Stiles writes with a clear view of history,
    on a very interesting subject

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 15, 2010

    Beautifully Written and Researched

    Highly recommend! Superb bio.

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