“…readable and entertaining. . . . De Wolk not only introduces a much more believable Stanford, warts and all, but also does a great job of showing how his legacy and reputation was managed, massaged and sanitized after his death.”

True West

Award-winning journalist and author Roland De Wolk will be touring to discuss his new book, American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford, which chronicles the untold story of the life and legacy of historically famous entrepreneur and politician, Leland Stanford.

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“Leland Stanford was once a man, but he has become a monument. Roland De Wolk has the wit to recognize that by recovering the man, he can tell us not only about Stanford but a great deal about the university that made the man into a monument. The book could not come at a better time. Today Stanford University rides the horse of entrepreneurship as hard as Leland Stanford raced his famous trotting horses. This is an entertaining and rollicking biography.”

—Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, Stanford University