Tycoon's War

Tycoon's War

How Cornelius Vanderbilt Invaded A Country to Overthrow America's Most Famous Military Adventurer

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Baker & Taylor
Recounts how, after having nearly lost his fortune due to the conquest of Central America, Cornelius Vanderbilt kicked off a bloody war involving seven countries to regain the helm of his powerful shipping business in that region.

Perseus Publishing
A historically important account of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s war that says as much about where America is going as where it has been.

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.



Book News
Australian-born historian Dando-Collins tells how adventurer William Walker, while spreading American democracy in Nicaragua, came into conflict with the wealthiest American in the middle 1850s. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Recounts how, after having nearly lost his incredible fortune due to William Walker's conquest of Central America, Cornelius Vanderbilt kicked off a bloody war involving seven countries to regain the helm of his powerful shipping business in that region.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780306816079
0306816075
Characteristics: vii, 373 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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Aug 21, 2018

This is such a fascinating story, so it's too bad that Australian Stephen Dando-Collins writes in a this happened and then that happened and, oh, there was this guy and here's something about him style. It has two fascinating figures, one well-known and one obscure: crazy rich guy Cornelius Vanderbilt and brilliant, eccentric William Walker who went down to Nicaragua and, improbably, became president. It's got great themes like ego, empire, and American power, but the bland writing and superficial treatment prevent it from being the compelling read it should. There is a deeply weird movie about Walker by Alex Cox.

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