The First Tycoon Book
Score: 3.5
From 23 Ratings

The First Tycoon


  • Author : T. J. Stiles
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 719
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400031740

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The First Tycoon Excerpt :

A biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism, documenting how Vanderbilt helped launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation.

The First Tycoon Book
Score: 3.5
From 23 Ratings

The First Tycoon


  • Author : T.J. Stiles
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2009-04-21
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 752
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307271556

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The First Tycoon Excerpt :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD In this groundbreaking biography, T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the combative man and American icon who, through his genius and force of will, did more than perhaps any other individual to create modern capitalism. Meticulously researched and elegantly written, The First Tycoon describes an improbable life, from Vanderbilt’s humble birth during the presidency of George Washington to his death as one of the richest men in American history. In between we see how the Commodore helped to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation. Epic in its scope and success, the life of Vanderbilt is also the story of the rise of America itself.

The First Tycoon Book
Score: 4
From 24 Ratings

The First Tycoon


  • Author : T. J. Stiles
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 719
  • ISBN 10 : 9780375415425

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The First Tycoon Excerpt :

A biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism, documenting how Vanderbilt helped launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation.

Jesse James Book
Score: 4.5
From 8 Ratings

Jesse James


  • Author : T.J. Stiles
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-10-27
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307773371

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Jesse James Excerpt :

In this brilliant biography T. J. Stiles offers a new understanding of the legendary outlaw Jesse James. Although he has often been portrayed as a Robin Hood of the old west, in this ground-breaking work Stiles places James within the context of the bloody conflicts of the Civil War to reveal a much more complicated and significant figure. Raised in a fiercely pro-slavery household in bitterly divided Misssouri, at age sixteen James became a bushwhacker, one of the savage Confederate guerrillas that terrorized the border states. After the end of the war, James continued his campaign of robbery and murder into the brutal era of reconstruction, when his reckless daring, his partisan pronouncements, and his alliance with the sympathetic editor John Newman Edwards placed him squarely at the forefront of the former Confederates’ bid to recapture political power. With meticulous research and vivid accounts of the dramatic adventures of the famous gunman, T. J. Stiles shows how he resembles not the apolitical hero of legend, but rather a figure ready to use violence to command attention for a political cause—in many ways, a forerunner of the modern terrorist.

Andrew Carnegie Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

Andrew Carnegie


  • Author : David Nasaw
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2007-10-30
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 896
  • ISBN 10 : 0143112449

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A New York Times bestseller! “Beautifully crafted and fun to read.” —Louis Galambos, The Wall Street Journal “Nasaw’s research is extraordinary.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Make no mistake: David Nasaw has produced the most thorough, accurate and authoritative biography of Carnegie to date.” —Salon.com The definitive account of the life of Andrew Carnegie Celebrated historian David Nasaw, whom The New York Times Book Review has called "a meticulous researcher and a cool analyst," brings new life to the story of one of America's most famous and successful businessmen and philanthropists—in what will prove to be the biography of the season. Born of modest origins in Scotland in 1835, Andrew Carnegie is best known as the founder of Carnegie Steel. His rags to riches story has never been told as dramatically and vividly as in Nasaw's new biography. Carnegie, the son of an impoverished linen weaver, moved to Pittsburgh at the age of thirteen. The embodiment of the American dream, he pulled himself up from bobbin boy in a cotton factory to become the richest man in the world. He spent the rest of his life giving away the fortune he had accumulated and crusading for international peace. For all that he accomplished and came to represent to the American public—a wildly successful businessman and capitalist, a self-educated writer, peace activist, philanthropist, man of letters, lover of culture, and unabashed enthusiast for American democracy and capitalism—Carnegie has remained, to this day, an enigma. Nasaw explains how Carnegie made his early fortune and what prompted him to give it all away, how he was drawn into the campaign first against American involvement in the Spanish-American War and then for international peace, and how he used his friendships with presidents and prime ministers to try to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. With a trove of new material—unpublished chapters of Carnegie's Autobiography; personal letters betw

The Inventor and the Tycoon Book
Score: 2.5
From 5 Ratings

The Inventor and the Tycoon


  • Author : Edward Ball
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2013-01-22
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385535496

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The Inventor and the Tycoon Excerpt :

From the National Book Award-winning author of Slaves in the Family, a riveting true life/true crime narrative of the partnership between the murderer who invented the movies and the robber baron who built the railroads. One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birth to visual media and screen entertainments of all kinds. Yet the artist and inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial is one of the early instances of a media sensation. His patron was railroad tycoon (and former California governor) Leland Stanford, whose particular obsession was whether four hooves of a running horse ever left the ground at once. Stanford hired Muybridge and his camera to answer that question. And between them, the murderer and the railroad mogul launched the age of visual media. Set in California during its frontier decades, The Tycoon and the Inventor interweaves Muybridge's quest to unlock the secrets of motion through photography, an obsessive murder plot, and the peculiar partnership of an eccentric inventor and a driven entrepreneur. A tale from the great American West, this popular history unspools a story of passion, wealth, and sinister ingenuity.

Commodore Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Commodore


  • Author : Edward J. Renehan, Jr.
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2009-04-14
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465010301

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Commodore Excerpt :

Armed with a trove of previously unreleased archives, Edward J. Renehan Jr. offers a compelling portrait of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who built large shipping and rail enterprises into cornerstones of the American economy, and amassed one of the greatest fortunes the world has ever known. This is the definitive biography of a man whose influence on American business was unsurpassed in his day—or any other.

Cornelius Vanderbilt   The Commodore Book

Cornelius Vanderbilt The Commodore


  • Author : J. R. MacGregor
  • Publisher : Cac Publishing LLC
  • Release Date : 2019-06-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 146
  • ISBN 10 : 195001035X

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Cornelius Vanderbilt The Commodore Excerpt :

Cornelius Vanderbilt I had no illusions about his life. He didn't start out with grand plans and ungodly greed. He merely stepped in this world one foot at a time, one boat at a time, one market at a time--one day at a time. He worked sixteen hours a day, seven days a week. He worked hard and played hard. When all was said and done, though, he was a simple man who pushed the world of transportation to be all it could be--to be what it is today. The times he lived through and contributed to is the history that forms the foundation of our present life. He teaches us through his actions how to hit the pavement of life every day relentlessly seeking to do better and to do it with pragmatism and realistic goals. He was tough as nails in body, mind, and spirit. He did what he wanted to and never hid it. Vanderbilt was never a hypocrite. The greatest part of his life are the years when he bounced from shore to shore across all the islands in New York Harbor and then ventured farther inland, farther north, and even farther south until he became the first man to sail a steamboat up the San Juan River in Nicaragua in search of a path to cut from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Vanderbilt was a man of steel, and we can learn incredible things from him so scroll up and click the 'Buy Now' button to start learning about America's first tycoon.

The People s Tycoon Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The People s Tycoon


  • Author : Steven Watts
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2009-03-04
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307558978

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The People s Tycoon Excerpt :

How a Michigan farm boy became the richest man in America is a classic, almost mythic tale, but never before has Henry Ford’s outsized genius been brought to life so vividly as it is in this engaging and superbly researched biography. The real Henry Ford was a tangle of contradictions. He set off the consumer revolution by producing a car affordable to the masses, all the while lamenting the moral toll exacted by consumerism. He believed in giving his workers a living wage, though he was entirely opposed to union labor. He had a warm and loving relationship with his wife, but sired a son with another woman. A rabid anti-Semite, he nonetheless embraced African American workers in the era of Jim Crow. Uncovering the man behind the myth, situating his achievements and their attendant controversies firmly within the context of early twentieth-century America, Watts has given us a comprehensive, illuminating, and fascinating biography of one of America’s first mass-culture celebrities.

Custer s Trials Book
Score: 4.5
From 7 Ratings

Custer s Trials


  • Author : T.J. Stiles
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2015-10-27
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101875841

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Custer s Trials Excerpt :

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History From the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award, a brilliant biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times. In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer’s historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person—capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years). The key to understanding Custer, Stiles writes, is keeping in mind that he lived on a frontier in time. In the Civil War, the West, and many areas overlooked in previous biographies, Custer helped to create modern America, but he could never adapt to it. He freed countless slaves yet rejected new civil rights laws. He proved his heroism but missed the dark reality of war for so many others. A talented combat leader, he struggled as a manager in the West. He tried to make a fortune on Wall Street yet never connected with the new corporate economy. Native Americans fascinated him, but he could not see them as fully human. A popular writer, he remained apart from Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and other rising intellectuals. During Custer’s lifetime, Americans saw their world remade. His admirers saw him as the embodiment of the nation’s gallant youth, of all that they were losing; his detractors despised him for resisting a more complex and promising future. Intimate, dramatic, and provocative, this biography captures the larger story of the changing nation in Custer’s tumultuous marriage to his highly educated wife, Libbie; their complicated relationship with Eliza Brown, the forceful black woman who ran their household; as well as his battles and expeditions. It casts surpr

Hetty Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Hetty


  • Author : Charles Slack
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2011-04-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062038111

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Hetty Excerpt :

When J. P. Morgan called a meeting of New York's financial leaders after the stock market crash of 1907, Hetty Green was the only woman in the room. The Guinness Book of World Records memorialized her as the World's Greatest Miser, and, indeed, this unlikely robber baron -- who parlayed a comfortable inheritance into a fortune that was worth about 1.6 billion in today's dollars -- was frugal to a fault. But in an age when women weren't even allowed to vote, never mind concern themselves with interest rates, she lived by her own rules. In Hetty, Charles Slack reexamines her life and legacy, giving us, at long last, a splendidly "nuanced portrait" (Newsweek) of one of the greatest -- and most eccentric -- financiers in American history. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

The Relentless Revolution  A History of Capitalism Book

The Relentless Revolution A History of Capitalism


  • Author : Joyce Appleby
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2011-03-07
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 0393077233

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The Relentless Revolution A History of Capitalism Excerpt :

"Splendid: the global history of capitalism in all its creative—and destructive—glory." —The New York Times Book Review With its deep roots and global scope, the capitalist system seems universal and timeless. The framework for our lives, it is a source of constant change, sometimes measured and predictable, sometimes drastic, out of control. Yet what is now ubiquitous was not always so. Capitalism was an unlikely development when it emerged from isolated changes in farming, trade, and manufacturing in early-modern England. Astute observers began to notice these changes and register their effects. Those in power began to harness these new practices to the state, enhancing both. A system generating wealth, power, and new ideas arose to reshape societies in a constant surge of change. Approaching capitalism as a culture, as a historical development that was by no means natural or inevitable, Joyce Appleby gives us a fascinating introduction to this most potent creation of mankind from its origins to its present global reach.

The Other Dark Matter Book

The Other Dark Matter


  • Author : Lina Zeldovich
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2021-11-05
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226814223

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The Other Dark Matter Excerpt :

Grossly ambitious and rooted in scientific scholarship, The Other Dark Matter shows how human excrement can be a life-saving, money-making resource—if we make better use of it. The average person produces about four hundred pounds of excrement a year. More than seven billion people live on this planet. Holy crap! Because of the diseases it spreads, we have learned to distance ourselves from our waste, but the long line of engineering marvels we’ve created to do so—from Roman sewage systems and medieval latrines to the immense, computerized treatment plants we use today—has also done considerable damage to the earth’s ecology. Now scientists tell us: we’ve been wasting our waste. When recycled correctly, this resource, cheap and widely available, can be converted into a sustainable energy source, act as an organic fertilizer, provide effective medicinal therapy for antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection, and much more. In clear and engaging prose that draws on her extensive research and interviews, Lina Zeldovich documents the massive redistribution of nutrients and sanitation inequities across the globe. She profiles the pioneers of poop upcycling, from startups in African villages to innovators in American cities that convert sewage into fertilizer, biogas, crude oil, and even life-saving medicine. She breaks taboos surrounding sewage disposal and shows how hygienic waste repurposing can help battle climate change, reduce acid rain, and eliminate toxic algal blooms. Ultimately, she implores us to use our innate organic power for the greater good. Don’t just sit there and let it go to waste.

The Life and Legend of Jay Gould Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

The Life and Legend of Jay Gould


  • Author : Maury Klein
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release Date : 1997-10-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 644
  • ISBN 10 : 0801857716

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The Life and Legend of Jay Gould Excerpt :

Jay Gould was an individual who for a century has been singled out as the most unscrupulous of the turn-of-the-century robber barons. In this splendid biography Maury Klein paints the most complete portrait of the notorious Gould ever written. Klein's Gould is a brilliant but ruthless businessman who merged dying railroads into expansive, profit-making lines, including the giant Union Pacific. 40 illustrations.

Six Tycoons Book

Six Tycoons


  • Author : Wyn Derbyshire
  • Publisher : Spiramus Press Ltd
  • Release Date : 2009-11-23
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 251
  • ISBN 10 : 9781907444364

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Six Tycoons Excerpt :

John D Rockefeller. Cornelius Vanderbilt. Andrew Carnegie. John Jacob Astor. Henry Ford. Joseph P Kennedy.Even today, long after their deaths, the names of these six men continue to be associated with wealth and power.When they were alive, they dominated their worlds as few men had done before, and few have done since. These are the life stories of six of the richest men who ever lived in America. Their lives offer us windows into ways of life over two centuries that most of us can only imagine,and an opportunity to glimpse times when laws, attitudes,prejudices and opportunities were very different from today. Their achievements - financial, political and social - continue to affect us, for good or ill, to this day. Their mistakes still offer important lessons about the acquisition, use and abuse of wealth and power. And had they not lived, the history of America - and the world - might have been very different indeed.