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Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt By Edward J. Renehan Jr.,

  • Title: Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • Author: Edward J. Renehan Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780465002559
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Paperback
  • Using previously unreleased archives, Edward J Renehan Jr narrates the compelling life of Cornelius Vanderbilt willful progenitor of modern American business Vanderbilt made his initial fortune building ferry and cargo routes for sailing vessels Then he moved into steamboats and railroads With the New York Central, Vanderbilt established the nation s first major inteUsing previously unreleased archives, Edward J Renehan Jr narrates the compelling life of Cornelius Vanderbilt willful progenitor of modern American business Vanderbilt made his initial fortune building ferry and cargo routes for sailing vessels Then he moved into steamboats and railroads With the New York Central, Vanderbilt established the nation s first major integrated rail system, linking New York with Boston, Montreal, Chicago, and St Louis At the same time, he played a key role in establishing New York as the financial center of the United States When he died in 1877, Vanderbilt left a fortune that, in today s dollars, would dwarf that of even Bill Gates Off Wall Street, Vanderbilt was a hard drinking egotist and whoremonger devoid of manners or charity He disinherited most of his numerous children and received an editorial rebuke from Mark Twain for his lack of public giving Commodore sheds startling new light on many aspects of Vanderbilt s business and private life including, most notably, the revelation that advanced stage syphilis marred his last years This is the definitive biography of a man whose influence on American life and commerce towers over all who followed him.
    Commodore The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt Using previously unreleased archives Edward J Renehan Jr narrates the compelling life of Cornelius Vanderbilt willful progenitor of modern American business Vanderbilt made his initial fortune buildi

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    1. What a complete and utter bastard If Edward J Renehan Jr s Commodore The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt is anything to go by, shipping and railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt was the definition of scrooge He amassed wealth in his lifetime than Bill Gates, almost never gave to charitable causes, eschewed his wife and relations, and had the personality of someone who might as well have saved their breath and had Go Fuck Yourself tattooed to his forehead Vanderbilt took ambition and success at all [...]

    2. Interesting read I had almost no knowledge of Vanderbilt prior to this book It seems to be an objective account of how an illiterate jerk became one of the richest men in the world through hard work and total disregard of morality and ethics.

    3. A succinct biography of C Vanderbilt Very typical biography which details the life of one of America s first super wealthy individuals The author has done a significant amount of research in creating this book I was surprised how sedate it was, overall Apparently Vanderbilt was an tyrannical, egotistical, uncouth rogue with hundreds of millions of US dollars at his disposal this in the days when 30,000 could get you a mansion along the Hudson River Interesting to read about his hard scrabble lif [...]

    4. Mr Renehan obviously has a personal bias against Vanderbilt in this book He refers to amny instances when the Commodore was promiscuous or sneaky as a man and as a businessman with no proof to back it up I knew nothing of the Vanderbilt clan when I began and not much afterwards I am now reading Stiles autobiography to see if I can get a balanced view A little too Ida Tarbell for me

    5. Wow After a tour of the Bilt Estate last Christmas, I was inspired to read later to write and to learn about the dynasty behind the fantastic American castle in my home state of North Carolina It turns out to be less a dynasty as the juggernaut drive of one man, Cornelius Vanderbilt.Historical and biographical works are not my normal fare at all This one was gripping Though there were some slow spots, as I would expect from either history or bio genres, the pace than kept my attention The thin [...]

    6. Currently reading.I seems to be a good read with a glass of wine after a hard day when you don t want to think too hard On page 44 Boy, it s been a lot of ship info Doesn t explain what the difference a schooner and sloop is, so a lot of the ship detail seems superfluous at this point Earlier there was lots of family detail that could have been condensed no way to remember all the minute details anyway My 10th grade daughter remembered who the Commodore was from her history class, but I knew not [...]

    7. History, finance, transportation, and history.I really enjoyed this book I ve heard about Cornelius Vanderbilt for years, in connection with Grand Central Station, trains, Vanderbilt University, and some vaguely phrased legend about his starting out rowing people from Staten Island to Manhattan or something like that.The details are complex, and a lot fun.First of all, I d always associated Vanderbilt with trains It turns out that most of his career and fortune was in shipping The fun part wa [...]

    8. Using previously unreleased archives, Edward J Renehan Jr tells the compelling life of Cornelius Vanderbilt the patriarch of the family This man had very few redeeming qualities Of all of the biographies that I have read, and there have been quite a few, this man easily comes out on top as the worst person I give the author credit though for his research Renehan evidently only includes what can be verified through documentation on Vanderbilt, and leaves out some of those fanciful word of mouth a [...]

    9. This book seriously needs a map as the author discusses in detail the water and rail routes commanded by Vanderbilt Initially, after reading the book, I was surprised by the lack of detail concerning Vanderbilt s family affairs, and thought perhaps that goes toward the fact he was not involved with his family Since having finished the book, however, I ve looked at other biographies and have found them to have maps and family stories Consequently, I m disappointed I put the time into this book wh [...]

    10. Narrated By John McDonough Published By Recorded Books, LLCAcclaimed historian Edward J Renehan, Jr author of Dark Genius of Wall Street draws upon previously unreleased documents to deliver the definitive biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the 19th century transportation tycoon who accumulated the largest private fortune in U.S history.I listened to this book after visiting the Bilt Estate in Asheville, NC which triggered my interest in finding out about the Vanderbilts.

    11. I usually enjoy these kinds of books for the wish fulfillment aspect watching a guy go from poverty to king of the world wealth And this one started off interestingly you learn that the Commodore was a tough, scrappy Staten Island boy and that he grew up to be a heartless bastard who abused and disinherited nearly everyone in his family So far so good But when the book started to get bogged down in the minutiae of his early business ventures e.g long passages about shipping routes and schedules [...]

    12. A ruthless competitor with a disgusting personal life style but he accurately can be described as NOT being slow to seize the opportunity when he started the first commercial ferry service for New York city As usual, the fortune ol Cornelius built was systematically wasted by his offspring Trivia the Vanderbilt family mausoleum on Staten Island, NY is the largest private structure of its kind in the USA An interesting biography.

    13. A very interesting and a well done researched book I found the book very enjoyable and quiet easy to read The details of the Commodore s life are very fascinating especially growing up on Staten Island and how he develops his shipping business We can use his tenacious ability as well as his cunning business antics right about now Well done

    14. This book started out well It was so interesting to learn about the man who founded the Vanderbilt dynasty However, as the book progressed it got pretty tiresome in the descriptions of his day to day business transactions I also found I did not like Mr Vanderbilt at all he was a brutilizing, womanizing, arrogant person, with almost no redeeming personal attributes.

    15. Went through a phase where I read everything I could on 19th century businessmen that fit the category of monopolist with a bent for success at all costs This book gives you an excellent understanding of the man and his decisions His amoral worldview pokes through the covers The consequences of his decisions are spelled out in detail Mark M

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