Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

Using formerly unreleased information, Edward J. Renehan Jr. narrates the compelling lifetime of Cornelius Vanderbilt: willful progenitor of contemporary American company. Vanderbilt made his preliminary fortune development ferry and load routes for crusing vessels. Then he moved into steamboats and railroads. With the hot York critical, Vanderbilt tested the nation’s first significant built-in rail method, linking long island with Boston, Montreal, Chicago, and St. Louis. whilst, he performed a key position in constructing big apple because the monetary heart of the USA. while he died in 1877, Vanderbilt left a fortune that, in today’s funds, might dwarf that of even invoice Gates. Off Wall road, Vanderbilt was once a hard-drinking egotist and whoremonger without manners or charity. He disinherited so much of his quite a few young children and bought an article rebuke from Mark Twain for his loss of public giving. Commodore sheds startling new mild on many points of Vanderbilt’s company and personal lifestyles together with, so much particularly, the revelation that complex degree syphilis marred his final years. this is often the definitive biography of a guy whose impression on American existence and trade towers over all who him.

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