In this fascinating biography, T. J. Stiles creates a portrait of the personal and public life of a humbly born American whose name became synonymous with wealth. Modern transportation, corporations, and the island of Manhattan are among the movements, institutions and cities shaped by the epic life of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, founder of a dynasty and a man whose own epic life was woven inextricably into the history of this country.
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Added by Pamela Troy on April 13, 2009