Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Nonfiction

"Stiles . . . writes with both the panache of a fine journalist and the analytical care of a seasoned scholar."
ŚMichael Kazin, New York Times Book Review

T.J. Stiles is the author of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War. He is currently at work on a biography of George Armstrong Custer, with the support of a Guggenheim fellowship

The First Tycoon won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction. It was named a New York Times Notable Book and one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star, and the Washington Post.

Jesse James won the Ambassador Book Award and the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship. It was named a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Both are available in paperback and as e-books from Vintage. The First Tycoon is also available as a hardcover from Knopf.

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