Biographies & Memoirs

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

A gripping, groundbreaking biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism.

Part One - CAPTAIN 1794–1847

Chapter 1: The Islander

Chapter 2: The Duelist

Chapter 3: A Tricky God

Chapter 4: Nemesis

Chapter 5: Sole Control

Chapter 6: Man of Honor

Part Two - COMMODORE 1848–1860

Chapter 7: Prometheus

Chapter 8: Star of the West

Chapter 9: North Star

Chapter 10: Ariel

Chapter 11: Vanderbilt

Chapter 12: Champion

Part Three - KING 1861–1877

Chapter 13: War

Chapter 14: The Origins of Empire

Chapter 15: The Power to Punish

Chapter 16: Among Friends

Chapter 17: Consolidations

Chapter 18: Dynasty

Epilogue

Bibliographical Essay

Notes