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The Resource American disruptor : the scandalous life of Leland Stanford, Roland De Wolk

American disruptor : the scandalous life of Leland Stanford, Roland De Wolk

Label
American disruptor : the scandalous life of Leland Stanford
Title
American disruptor
Title remainder
the scandalous life of Leland Stanford
Statement of responsibility
Roland De Wolk
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The life of Leland Stanford reads like a tall tale of the Old West. Born in a country tavern in upstate New York, Stanford followed the Gold Rush to California, became a successful businessman, and invested in railroads. He then made headway into politics, becoming governor of California and later a US senator. As president of the Central Pacific Railroad, Stanford brought the locomotive Jupiter to preside over the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, which led contemporaries to liken him to the namesake Roman god. He then founded one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Stanford lived large and bold, amassing an astonishing fortune, only to die on the brink of bankruptcy. In American Disruptor, Roland De Wolk balances the accomplishments of this quintessential self-made American man with the darker aspects of his life. He shows how Stanford used high public office to steal taxpayer money, only to squander it on mansions, racehorses, jewels, and vast landholdings. Even the eponymous university in Silicon Valley that bears his name, created from the largest private university endowment of all time, was born of tragedy, a memorial to Stanford's fifteen-year-old son who died from typhoid fever. Following his death, his wife struggled to keep the fledgling university afloat, only to be murdered under mysterious circumstances. Although deeply conservative in belief and style, Leland Stanford's life was one of almost unparalleled risk, failure, and reward. Richly detailed and deeply researched, American Disruptor helps restore his rightful place as an architect of modern America"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
CU-S/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
De Wolk, Roland
Dewey number
  • 328.73/092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E664.S78
LC item number
D4 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Stanford, Leland
  • Governors
  • Businesspeople
  • Legislators
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
  • HISTORY / United States / State & Local / West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
  • California
Label
American disruptor : the scandalous life of Leland Stanford, Roland De Wolk
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-288) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : fell redemption -- Start up -- Everything ventured -- Crossing -- The gold under the mountain -- Ditching & hitching -- The road must be built -- Egyptian kings and dynasties shall be forgotten -- Dungeons & depredations -- Living up to the landscape -- Command & control -- The machine of steam on the road of iron -- Unmasked -- Gone dark -- Ingeniously contrived devices -- Deposed -- The fundamental standard -- Sex & socialism -- God forgive me my sins : am I prepared to meet my dear ones? -- Requiem American disruptor
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 299 pages
Isbn
9780520305472
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2019010307
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1088533350
  • (OCoLC)on1088533350
  • 2938749
Label
American disruptor : the scandalous life of Leland Stanford, Roland De Wolk
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-288) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : fell redemption -- Start up -- Everything ventured -- Crossing -- The gold under the mountain -- Ditching & hitching -- The road must be built -- Egyptian kings and dynasties shall be forgotten -- Dungeons & depredations -- Living up to the landscape -- Command & control -- The machine of steam on the road of iron -- Unmasked -- Gone dark -- Ingeniously contrived devices -- Deposed -- The fundamental standard -- Sex & socialism -- God forgive me my sins : am I prepared to meet my dear ones? -- Requiem American disruptor
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 299 pages
Isbn
9780520305472
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2019010307
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1088533350
  • (OCoLC)on1088533350
  • 2938749

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