I liked it
Highly recommend. Great read.
Vanderbilt was recommended to me after I enjoyed reading Chernow's Rockefeller. I enjoyed this study of Vanderbilt very much. The author goes into great detail regarding the financial shenanigans, the use of credit, the drops in the stock market, the corrupt political system that picked winners and losers, etc. There are definite echos from the past reverberating in our present. I found Vanderbilt to be a less complicated man than Rockefeller but the one mention of their intersection did not leave a positive point of view of Rockefeller. I couldn't believe the two men didn't have more interaction. Carnegie is mentioned a few times but not with much depth. I see Vanderbilt now as a historical figure who really had great effect through his lifetime and much beyond. Sadly, he played with the occult and found it difficult to love and support his son who had major problems with addiction. I enjoyed the author's discussion of the post-Civil War culture of death as this topic is significant in history but rarely discussed. I was impressed with the author's view of technological advances that occurred in Vanderbilt's lifetime as compared to the prior 300 years.
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