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    The First Tycoon The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt Ç [EPUB] Review The First Tycoon The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt This is a very good book but like Vanderbilt's life extremely long Vanderbilt himself was awkward with language and conseuently neither wrote or spoke publicly much during his life so there is no introspection in this book And while he aged perhaps gracefully to be the preeminent American businessman of his age dying with as much as 10% of all American monetary value his life didn't have the progression of Rockefeller or Carnegie

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    Review The First Tycoon The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt T.J. Stiles Ù 2 Read & download The First Tycoon The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt Ç [EPUB] The Commodore comes aliveIt's hard uite hard translating 19th century finances to today or statureBut pretend that one person was a pioneer in both the euivalent of computer operating systems AND online communications and had the money of both In other words Cornelius Vanderbilt approaches a combination of Bill Gates and Sergey Br

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The First Tycoon The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt Free read Ü 2 A gripping groundbreaking biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalismFounder 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 Lincoln consulted him on steamship strategy during the Civil War; Jay Gould was first his uneasy ally and then sworn enemy; and Victoria Woodhull the first woman. I admit that I m not too comfortable with the world of high finance and economics This might be odd considering I majored in finance in college Then again I spent most of my college years smoking in the library checking out coeds on the uad starting food fights in the cafeteria and playing tricks on the crusty dean My copy of Adam Smith s Wealth of Nations sits unread on my bookshelf I swear I ll get to it someday as of now however I can t get past the first turgid page When I think of the various economic types I find myself agreeing with John Kenneth Galbraith s observation that Under capitalism man exploits man Under communism it s just the oppositeTo the extent I think about economics I conceive the free market as a python that swallows its own tail You may start with open and spirited competition but as winners emerge and losers fall away your free market tends to constrict and become a little less than free That is the cycle that TJ Stiles recounts in his biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt The First Tycoon In the 18th Century the US economy was marked by aristocratic privilege where friendly state legislatures conferred charters on wealthy families and passed laws preventing competition At the beginning of the 19th Century following the ratification of the Constitution and the rise of Republicanism the old order gave way to a middle class resentful of aristocracy and scrambling to enter the marketplace By the end of the 19th Century of course we found ourselves in the era of robber barons and impossibly huge monopolies It s an interesting journey and Stiles has chosen a good character to follow Cornelius Vanderbilt is that favorite American archetype the self made man uitting school at a young age he started his own ferry service in the tricky waters off New York City Eventually he went to work for steamboat entrepreneur Thomas Gibbons and was in the thick of Gibbons fight against monopoly holder Aaron Ogden This fight as any first year law student can tell you probably with a shudder at the remembrance of all things pertaining to first year con law went all the way to the Supreme Court where it became a seminal case delineating the reach of the Commerce Clause If this sounds horribly boring or complex rest assured that Stiles tells the story in an entertaining easy to follow manner Suffice it to say I got through these sections with nary a single flashback to the Commerce Clause induced nightmares I suffered in law school When Thomas Gibbons died Vanderbilt started his own steamboat line From there his wealth and prestige grew till he was known as the Commodore Later in life he extended his influence into railroads and built the Grand Central Depot Along the way he piloted steamships through the dangerous Nicaraguan rivers donated boats to the Union Navy during the Civil War and was betrayed by so many former friends that I stopped keeping count When he finally died his fortune was so vast as to be literally immeasurable It was estimated that if Vanderbilt had sold all his assets at the moment of his death he would have taken out one of every twenty dollars in circulation My wallet is currently stuffed with old movie ticket stubs and I m eating old cheese on my couch so I can t really conceptualize how much scratch that is But it seems like a lot I went into this book expecting to hate Cornelius Vanderbilt I thought I d be able to draw a line from Vanderbilt s desiccated corpse to the fat cats on Wall Street who caused the Great Recession but still swim in pools filled with Spanish doubloons and smoke cigarettes laced with 100 bills or whatever it is that wealthy people do in their leisure time Surprisingly I came to the end of this doorstop sized volume thinking Vanderbilt was an okay guy This is true for a couple reasons First in my ignorance I probably confused Cornelius hard working prescient dutiful and relatively humble with his Paris Hilton like descendants who were known for building extravagant monuments to the estate tax see eg the Breakers mansion than for actually contributing anything to society Second Stiles really likes the guy And really there s much to like He is a an example of that rare yet exalted breed of self made men who was able to succeed in our sainted free market by dint of hard work canny decisions and guts Unfortunately Stiles gets a little carried away with his reverence Yes he had many positive traits including personal courage devotion to country exemplified by his generous donations to the Union war efforts in the Civil War foresight and vision He had a bad side too A cutthroat side A colluding labor crushing influence peddling side This gets glossed over uite a bit Interestingly in a book so large and detailed I never felt like I got a grasp of Cornelius Vanderbilt This isn t for lack of effort on Stiles part It s just the reality of the historical record Vanderbilt was barely literate and he didn t leave behind a ream of documents letting us know what he thought or felt His childhood and early years are mostly a black hole lit only by a few anecdotes that Stiles admits are apocryphal A hundred pages into the book Vanderbilt is already in his 30s His home life he had two wives and a passel of children is virtually unknown The only personal details we get that serve to humanize Vanderbilt are in his relationship with Cornelius Jr the black sheep son who tended to write a lot than his father thereby leaving a long record of failed ventures gambling debts and trips to the asylum It s a little disappointing to read so much about a man without ever feeling that the man lived breathed walked this earth and died However Stiles is triumphant in evoking Vanderbilt s place within his times and the contributions he made to America s expansion He wasn t simply a super rich man though he was super rich He was at the forefront of the transportation revolution His steamboats helped open the American west by transporting easterners across Central America and on to California And though he didn t build railroad tracks across the continent his consolidation of the New York Central and Hudson Railroad assured the preeminence of the railroad while ushering in the age of the mighty corporation Stiles places great emphasis on context so that you understand the world in which Vanderbilt operated even if you never really know Vanderbilt Moreover Stiles does a really good job explaining the often difficult financial concepts presented in this book Even though yesterday s corporations are like lemonade stands compared to today s it still takes a talented author to lucidly explain the various stock splits and financial chicaneries that Vanderbilt and his competitors engaged in Ultimately Vanderbilt s life is emblematic of the schizophrenic nature of the free market which tends to get less free the longer firms compete He began as a strident free marketer fighting sometimes with his knuckles for the ability to simply hang his shingle and compete At the end of his life he was the richest man in America and engaged in creating an unconuerable dynasty that would last well beyond his death He started small and transformed into a man who would in the immortal words of The Simpsons C Montgomery Burns trade it all for a little

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The First Tycoon The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt Free read Ü 2 To run for president of the United States was his spiritual counselor We see Vanderbilt help to launch the transportation revolution propel the Gold Rush reshape Manhattan and invent the modern corporation in fact as T J Stiles elegantly argues Vanderbilt did than perhaps any other individual to create the economic world we live in todayIn The First Tycoon Stiles offers the first complete authoritative biography of this titan and the first comprehensive account of the Commodore’s personal life It is a sweeping fast moving epic and a complex portrait of the great man Vanderbilt Stiles shows embr. This is a very good book but like Vanderbilt s life extremely long Vanderbilt himself was awkward with language and conseuently neither wrote or spoke publicly much during his life so there is no introspection in this book And while he aged perhaps gracefully to be the preeminent American businessman of his age dying with as much as 10% of all American monetary value his life didn t have the progression of Rockefeller or Carnegie who transformed from businessman to philanthropist during their long lives Vanderebilt did endow a University interestingly in the South as part of his personal reconstruction effort after the Civil War but it consumed neither much time nor resourcesSo the book while extremely well written and researched is essentially repetitive as his life was repetitive He conuered the Steamboat and the Railroads both interesting but using many of the same techniues and philosophySo while this was an interesting book I am delighted to be finished with it Like one of Vanderbilt s railroads it was well run and stayed on the track but didn t go anyplace you didn t expect when you left the station

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The First Tycoon The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt Free read Ü 2 Aced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats and withstood attacks by his conservative enemies for being too competitive 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 The First Tycoon is the exhilarating story of a man and a nation maturing together the powerful account of a man whose life was as epic and complex as American history itse. A great biography of a major American business leader Cornelius rose to become one of the wealthiest men in the United States by the time of his death He began in a family of very modest means Step by step he rose into the highest echelon of American entrepreneursAt the outset of his working life he was just another employee But with time hard work and some luck he developed a presence in the ferry boat business in the New York City area Early on he found a benefactor and in this manner became a modest player in the great Supreme Court decision Gibbons v Ogden which struck down monopoly contracts between states and the shippingpassenger water industry He began to develop a greater presence in steamboats and shipping This eventually led him to operate transatlantic ships and transportation from the east coast to California with an overland link through NicaraguaEven as he was at his peak in the steamboat business he turned his interest to railroads which had become a major sector in the United States business galaxy By his death he had accumulated massive wealth The book does an excellent job in providing details of the evolution of his business career as well as his private lifeAmong issues discussed that are worth considering while he could play hardball in the business world his Wall Street machinations are well described he also developed efficiencies in his businesses leading him to be able to deliver good service at a lower cost than his competitors This is fascinating in that many major businessmen used their position in the market to increase prices and increase profits Poignant are some of the challenges faced bu his family such as a son who was a gambling addictOverall a wonderful telling of the tale of Cornelius Vanderbilt the admiral

  • Hardcover
  • 736
  • The First Tycoon The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • T.J. Stiles
  • English
  • 02 July 2020
  • 9780375415425