requests the pleasure of your company
for the next
Authors at The Adolphus
luncheon and exclusive book signing with
The Epic Life
Thursday, the First of October
from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Book signing immediately follows luncheon
The French RoomThe Adolphus
1321 Commerce Street Reservations Required
Complimentary Valet Parking
$68 per person, inclusive
R.s.v.p. Samuel M. Leonard
or (214) 651-3520Books will be available to be signed.
Credit card payments would be greatly appreciated.
Inquiries and reservations must be made
When Vanderbilt died, he was worth an estimated $100 million. How rich was that? Let's compare to Bill Gates. According to Forbes magazine, in September 2008 Gates's fortune was worth $57 billion. (The New York Times calculated that Vanderbilt was the second-wealthiest figure in American history.)
A Brief Description of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Of all the key industrialists and financial figures of American history, Vanderbilt may well be the most important. Yet, unlike J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and Andrew Carnegie, the Commodore has never received a full and authoritative biography. The First Tycoon weaves some six years of intensive research (in previously untapped archives) into a fast-paced story of a man and the nation rising together.
Ranging from his humble birth on Staten Island during the presidency of George Washington through the days of John D. Rockefeller (with whom Vanderbilt made deals), The First Tycoon recounts Vanderbilt's rise from sailboat ferryman to steamboat entrepreneur, from master of transoceanic steamship lines to builder of a railroad empire. Along the way, Stiles describes Vanderbilt's personal adventures in the Nicaraguan jungle, his epic campaigns on Wall Street, and the intrigue that divided his family. Most important, Stiles shows how Vanderbilt helped to shape American thinking about equality and opportunity and create the modern economic world.
"...a must read..."