The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T. J. Stiles

This biography provides a detailed account of the life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the most influential and respected business magnates of the 19th century. Starting his career as a humble ferry operator, Vanderbilt eventually built a vast empire spanning the shipping and railroad industries, becoming one of the wealthiest people in American history. The book not only explores Vanderbilt's business achievements, but also delves into his personal life, revealing a complex and often controversial character.

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