The First Tycoon

The First Tycoon

[the Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt]

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Founder of a dynasty, builder of the original Grand Central, creator of an impossibly vast fortune, Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt is an American icon. Humbly born on Staten Island during George Washington’s presidency, he rose from boatman to builder of the nation’s largest fleet of steamships to lord of a railroad empire. We see Vanderbilt help to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation.

Stiles offers the first complete, authoritative biography of this titan, and the first comprehensive account of the Commodore’s personal life. Vanderbilt, Stiles shows, embraced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats. He was a visionary who pioneered business models. He was an unschooled fistfighter who came to command the respect of New York’s social elite. And he was a father who struggled with a gambling-addicted son, a husband who was loving yet abusive, and, finally, an old man who was obsessed with contacting the dead.

Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, [2009]
Edition: Library edition
Copyright Date: ℗2009
ISBN: 9781415965917
1415965919
Branch Call Number: COMP DISC 973.5092 VANDE STILE
Characteristics: digital,1.4 m/s
23 sound discs (approximately 75 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Deakins, Mark
Notes: Compact discs
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