The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Author T. J. Stiles
Country U.S.
Language English
Subject Cornelius Vanderbilt; history/U.S. history
Genre Non-fiction; biography
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date
April 21, 2009
Media type Print, digital, audio
Pages 736 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0375415425
973.5092—ddc22 B
LC Class CT275.V23S85 2009
Preceded by Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt is a 2009 biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt, a 19th-century American industrialist and philanthropist who built his fortune in the shipping and railroad industries. He is known as one of the wealthiest Americans in the history in the US. This biography was written over a seven-year period by American biographer T. J. Stiles. The book was honored with the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction[1] and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.[2]

Summary[edit]

Stiles spent seven years researching and studying the life and worldwide influence of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the patriarch of the Vanderbilt dynasty who made his wealth in the shipping and railroad industries and financially supported the founding of Vanderbilt University. The First Tycoon describes Vanderbilt's life from his 1794 birth to his death in 1877. During his life and career, Vanderbilt, known as the "Commodore" was one of the richest men in American history. Stiles sheds light on Vanderbilt's leadership in expanding railroad transportation revolution and establishing the modern corporation.

Stiles raised serious doubts about the claims and secret sources about Vanderbilt.[3]

Reception[edit]

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt went on to win the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction[1] and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.[4] It was also named a New York Times Notable Book and one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker,[5] the Financial Times,[6] the Christian Science Monitor,[7] the Boston Globe,[8] and the Philadelphia Inquirer.[9] Additional reviews were offered by Foreign Affairs magazine,[10] the Washington Post,[11] the New York Times Book Review,[12] the New York Times,[13] and Newsweek.[14]

Honors and awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2009 National Book Awards Winners and Finalists, The National Book Foundation". Nationalbook.org. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  2. ^ a b Richard Ellmann. "The Pulitzer Prizes | Biography or Autobiography". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  3. ^ Garner, Dwight (2009-12-04). "The Reading Life: On Biography and Malpractice - NYTimes.com". Artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  4. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation". Pulitzer.org. 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Briefly Noted: "A Year's Reading"". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  6. ^ Introduction by Rosie Blau (2009-11-28). "Books of the year". FT.com. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  7. ^ "The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt - CSMonitor.com". Features.csmonitor.com. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  8. ^ Wolff, Carlo (2009-04-27). "'First Tycoon' recalls the robust Cornelius Vanderbilt - The Boston Globe". Boston.com. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  9. ^ Good books, good gifts at the Wayback Machine (archived December 27, 2009)
  10. ^ T. J. Stiles (2009-09-01). "The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  11. ^ Schroeder, Alice. "Book Review: 'The First Tycoon' by T.J. Stiles". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  12. ^ Michael Kazin (2009-05-10). "Ruthless in Manhattan". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  13. ^ Dwight Garner (2009-04-28). "The Mogul Who Built Corporate America". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  14. ^ "Cornelius Vanderbilt: The Sage of Steam - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Stile, T. J. (2009). The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 736 pages. ISBN 978-0375415425