Leland Stanford, the Railroad Baron and Governor of California, was Starkly Contradictory and Infamously Disruptive

Roland De Wolk
Historian and long-time investigative reporter and author of American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford. UC Press.

Born in his father’s East Coast backwoods bar, dying in a magnificent West Coast mansion built from his self-made fortune. Condemned as the complete robber-baron, consecrated as a singular titan of American enterprise. Exalted as the magnanimous founder of a world-class university, damned as a thief, liar, and bigot.  With all of the stark contradictions […]

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