Roland De Wolk

Historian Roland De Wolk’s book, American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford (University of California Press) tells the story of Leland Staford, founder of the university that became the nucleus of what is now known as Silicon Valley. This robber baron, politician and early “disruptor” survived poverty and a series of failures to become one of America’s wealthiest and most powerful men. 

"Deeply researched and richly detailed, American Disruptor chronicles the life of Leland Stanford and the wide-open world in which he lived. From Gold Rush days to completion of the first transcontinental railroad to the founding of Stanford University, Roland De Wolk skillfully unfolds this narrative about a bold, darkly contradictory man who, in his way, constantly made history."—Barry Siegel.

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American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520305472
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Published: University of California Press - November 5th, 2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:00pm
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