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American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford

American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford

by Roland De Wolk

Hardcover(First Edition)

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American Disruptor is the untold story of Leland Stanford – from his birth in a backwoods bar to the founding of the world-class university that became and remains the nucleus of Silicon Valley. The life of this robber baron, politician, and historic influencer is the astonishing tale of how one supremely ambitious man became this country's original "disruptor" – reshaping industry and engineering one of the greatest raids on the public treasury for America’s transcontinental railroad, all while living more opulently than maharajas, kings, and emperors. 
It is also the saga of how Stanford, once a serial failure, overcame all obstacles to become one of America’s most powerful and wealthiest men, using his high elective office to enrich himself before losing the one thing that mattered most to him – his only child and son. Scandal and intrigue would follow Stanford through his life, and even after his death, when his widow was murdered in a Honolulu hotel – a crime quickly covered up by the almost stillborn university she had saved.  Richly detailed and deeply researched, American Disruptor restores Leland Stanford’s rightful place as a revolutionary force and architect of modern America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520305472
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 631,559
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Roland De Wolk is an investigative reporter in print, broadcast, and online journalism. He is a historian, university adjunct, and, of course, an author. 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue: Fell Redemption xiii

1 Start-Up 1

2 Everything Ventured 14

3 Crossing 24

4 The Gold under the Mountain 36

5 Ditching and Hitching 49

6 "The Road Must Be Built" 61

7 "Egyptian Kings and Dynasties Shall Be Forgotten" 73

8 Dungeons and Depredations 85

9 Living Up to the Landscape 97

10 Command and Control 107

11 "The Machine of Steam on the Road of Iron" 119

11 Unmasked 130

13 Gone Dark 144

14 Ingeniously Contrived Devices 158

15 Deposed 170

16 The Fundamental Standard 183

17 Sex and Socialism 194

18 "God Forgive Me My Sins. Am I Prepared, to Meet My Dear Ones?" 202

Requiem: American Disruptor 217

Notes 231

Bibliographical Note 265

Bibliography 269

Index 289

About the Author 299

Illustrations follow page 174.