American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford with Roland De Wolk

Thu, Nov 14th 2019 at 7:00 PM PDT · By Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
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Thu, Nov 14th 2019 at 7:00 PM PDT
Thu, Nov 14th 2019 at 8:30 PM PDT
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum Library
93 Pike St #307
Seattle WA, 98101
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Co-presented with Elliott Bay Books.

Historian Roland De Wolk’s book, American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford (University of California Press) tells the story of Leland Stanford, 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.

  • Books available for signing and purchase
  • Complimentary wine reception to follow
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