The life of Cornelius Vanderbilt as told through the book Tycoon's War: How Cornelius Vanderbilt Invaded a Country to Overthrow America's Most Famous Military Adventurer by Stephen Dando-Collins
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Topics discussed in this podcast:
Unlike Vanderbilt's other adversaries William Walker was not afraid of Cornelius when he should have been (0:01), setting up the war between Cornelius Vanderbilt and William Walker (7:32), William Walker's impressive resume (16:44), Betrayal: "Gentlemen, You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you, for the law is too slow. I'll ruin you." (27:04), Walker takes Vanderbilt's property. Walker thinks the law protects him. Vanderbilt doesn't care about the law (39:27), Garrison's counter move against Cornelius Vanderbilt (44:36), Vanderbilt funds several Central American governments to destroy William Walker (52:51), the power of having a singular focus on a goal but remaining flexible on the tactics to get there (1:02:10)