When he died in 1877, Cornelius Vanderbilt, founder of the Vanderbilt dynasty, was wealthier than the U.S. Treasury. But he had nearly lost his fortune in 1856, when William Walker, a young Nashville genius, set out to conquer Central America and, in the process, take away Vanderbilt's most profitable shipping business. To win back his empire, Vanderbilt had to win a bloody war involving seven countries.
Tycoon's War tells the story of an epic imperialist duel—a violent battle of capitalist versus idealist, money versus ambition—and a monumental clash of egos that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Americans.
Written by a master storyteller, this incredible true story, impeccably researched and never before told in full, is packed with greed, intrigue, and some of the most hair-raising battle scenes ever written.
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Stephen Dando-Collins is an Australian-born historian who has written a number of fiction and non-fiction books, including Caesar's Legion and Standing Bear Is a Person. He lives in Tasmania.Review:
Wall Street Journal, 8/30/08
“A fascinating window into an era when the rules of industrial capitalism were in their infancy and gunboat diplomacy was standard operating procedure...Dando-Collins tells this tale well, bringing the events and the personalities to vivid life. The book reads almost as a densely detailed screenplay treatment for a hell of a movie...A terrific read.”
Curled Up with a Good Book, 9/1/08
“Dando-Collins does an excellent job of turning his dedicated research into an easy-to-read narrative of the corruption, greed and murder that Vanderbilt epitomized...A frightening glimpse behind the façade of Cornelius Vanderbilt.”
Dallas Morning News, 9/7/08
“Stephen Dando-Collins did his homework in this tale of guns-trump-butter capitalism.”
Dallas Morning News
Charleston Post and Courier, 10/19/08
“This is one incredible story of adventurism gone wild...A story of blind ambition, the clash of wills, money and conquest—all the elements of a good story.”
Milwaukee Shepard Express, 11/6/08
“A page-turning history lesson in greed and folly...A sordid, fascinating and true tale.”
Southwest Journal of Cultures, November 2008
“A well-written and compelling story about an oft-overlooked chapter in U.S. history...A creative work, well worth the attention of those interested in the nineteenth century...The combination of industrial capitalism, mercenaries, greed, excess, and genius—combined with Dando-Collins’ storytelling capabilities—make this a very absorbing story, and one worth retelling.”
Military Heritage, 4/09
“An insightful look at American history...[An] absorbing story of greed and power in 19th-century America.”
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Descripción Da Capo Press, 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0306816075
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