The First Tycoon: The Epic Tale of Cornelius Vanderbilt receives favorable review in today’s New York Times. Author T.J. Styles traces Vanderbilt’s life with “real sympathy for the old devil.” A revisionist history hitting on economics, family life, and even the occult. The makings of a riveting true life tale? Most certainly.

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The NYT included a 1870 cartoon depicting Vanderbilt racing Jim Fisk of the Eerie Railroad. So wonderful, it had to be included after the jump.

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