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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius…
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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Original 2009; 2009. Auflage)

von T.J. Stiles

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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.
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Titel:The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Autoren:T.J. Stiles
Info:Knopf (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 736 pages
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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt von T. J. Stiles (2009)

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One thing is obvious after reading this book, Cornelius Vanderbilt was an impressive man in many ways. Going from being a son in a small merchant family to one of the richest and most powerful men in our modern history is not something for everyone. Being at the right place at the right time helps, but there must have been thousands or millions of people with the same basic start as him that still never came close.

But if we return to the book. This is the first real biography I've read and it is a big one and, what I think, not an excellent one as a literary work. Cornelius Vanderbilt wasn't a man who left a lot of sources for people to dig into, so apparently this is as far as anyone has come. Instead of good material a lot has to be inferred from second hand sources which are always coloured by sources and readers alike. So why did the author decide to grab this hard task? I cannot be sure but I have the feeling he wants to modify the picture other, more shallow, biographies paint and also learn more about a man of very little is really known.

According to the author, Cornelius Vanderbilt was a hard man with a very strict morale code that he applied to himself and others. Even when he seemingly broke agreements it's possible to show how it was not so from his own point of view. The author also wants to show that he was not aggressive, except in self defense, though he then spared no bullet which most of the time ended in overwhelming business victories. That he was compassionate, but never willing to let it show. That he was patriotic but also forgiving to his enemies (once they were defeated).

Is this true? Well, who am I to tell. Maybe. People seem to think so. I'm impressed by him even if only some of it is true, and the author is clearly impressed by him. I do wish there had been more material closer to the source and I do wish for more technical details about the inventions he did, and the methods he applied to cut costs in a way that made him so successful.

It did make me want to know more about the American Civil War though so that might be my next project in the historical genre. That, or something about one of the other tycoons from the mid/second half of the 19th century to get another angle on things. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Biography of a man at the heart of huge changes in American economics and therefore politics; he started with boats across the Hudson, became a steamship mogul, then ended life as a railroad mogul. Beginning as a critic of monopolies granted to the already-rich (and a prime mover in Gibbons v. Ogden!), Cornelius Vanderbilt ended life in support of monopolies, albeit ones assembled by new money. Stiles is kind of in awe of Vanderbilt for reasons that I find a little hard discern from his character, which seemed laser-focused on making money no matter what, but he does a great job setting Vanderbilt in his social and economic context. Also, I saw shades of Elon Musk in this Mark Twain quote about Vanderbilt in1869: “You seem to be the idol of only a crawling swarm of small souls, who love to glorify your most flagrant unworthiness in print or praise your vast possessions worshippingly; or sing of your unimportant private habits and sayings and doings, as if your millions gave them dignity.” ( )
1 abstimmen rivkat | Jun 2, 2020 |
A great book. Vanderbilt was definitely an interesting guy, and by learning about him and his life, you also learn about the civil war, the gold rush, US banking & finanance, evolution of the corporation as an organizational structure, and transportation networks (of course). Definitely recommend. ( )
  szbuhayar | May 24, 2020 |
Vanderbilt, Carnelius (Subject)
  LOM-Lausanne | Apr 30, 2020 |
Outstanding scholarly biography. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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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.

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