Summary of Commodore
The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Copyright © 2007 by Edward J. Renehan Jr.
Published by Basic Books, a subsidiary of Perseus Books LLC
How Cornelius Vanderbilt made one of the world’s great fortunes with sail, steam and rail.
Tycoon “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt is an important figure in the history of American business. Author Edward J. Renehan Jr. set out to “put a face” on Vanderbilt’s ambition, enterprise and mania for wealth, and he succeeded. You will get a solid understanding of the vast, rapid changes the U.S. experienced during Vanderbilt’s life and his significant role in that change. His descendants, including his granddaughter, designer Gloria Vanderbilt, and her son, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, continue to be prominent. Though this interesting, reportorial biography could have focused more on the historic context and economic impact of this financial giant, and a bit less on his all-too-human failings, getAbstract finds that it deserves to be read by anyone who is interested in American history.
In this summary, you will learn
- How Cornelius Vanderbilt began his career in shipping;
- How he expanded into railroads;
- How he lived his life; and
- How he built his fortune.
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