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By Roland De Wolk

The lifetime of Leland Stanford might learn like a tall story of the previous West. Born right into a farming relations in upstate long island, Stanford went directly to research legislations, paintings the California Gold Rush, oversee the development of the Transcontinental Railroad, and function governor of California and a US senator. He then went directly to came upon one of many maximum and so much prestigious universities on this planet. Stanford lived huge and bold?amassing an staggering fortune, simply to die near to bankruptcy.

In Stanford, Roland De Wolk balances the accomplishments of this imperative self-made American guy with the darker facets of his existence. He exhibits how Stanford used excessive public workplace to empty taxpayers, farmers, and retailers of thousands, which he, in flip, squandered on mansions, race horses, jewels and great landholdings. Even the eponymous college in Silicon Valley?created from the most important deepest college endowment of all time?was born of tragedy, a memorial for Stanford?s fifteen-year-old son who died from typhoid fever.

Although deeply conservative in trust and magnificence, Leland Stanford?s existence used to be one in every of nearly remarkable chance, failure, and gift. For his legacy in enterprise and schooling, he merits to be as remembered within the similar ranks as Vanderbilt, Carnegie, and Rockefeller. Richly particular and deeply researched, Stanford is helping fix his rightful position as an architect of contemporary America.

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