"Stiles writes with care and panache about the quintessential `robber baron,' a man widely revered as well as hated." --The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2009
"Superbly written and researched . . . Worthy of its subject." --The Economist, 2009
"In this whacking new biography of Vanderbilt, T. J. Stiles . . . demonstrates a brute eloquence of his own. This is a mighty--and mighty confident--work, one that moves with force and conviction and imperious wit through Vanderbilt's noisy life and times . . . I read eagerly and avidly. This is state-of- the-art biography, crisper and more piquant than a 600-page book has any right to be." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times, 2009
"The definitive biography of Commodore Vanderbilt. Both as portrait of an American original and as a book that brings to life an important slice of American history long neglected, this is biography at its very best. A magnificent achievement." --Arthur Vanderbilt II, author of Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt, 2009
"Very absorbing . . . [The First Tycoon] is in fact much more than a biography. The book is filled with important, exhaustively researched and indeed fascinating details that would profit every student of American business and social history to read."
--Richard M. Abrams, San Francisco Chronicle, 2009
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