Sophie's Reviews > The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

The First Tycoon by T.J. Stiles
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Sep 20, 12

Read from May 14 to September 20, 2012

Painfully long, needlessly cites entire sections of newspapers telling us who attending such and such meeting or dinner rather than telling us how Vanderbilt became the first tycoon. The occasional glimpses of his creative use of finance and his interest in post-civil war reconstruction are interesting but overall the book gets bogged down in unnecessary details.
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