The Scandalous History Of The Man Who Created Silicon Valley
de Roland De Wolk
Sobre o livro
The life of Leland Stanford could read like a tall tale of the Old West. Born into a farming family in upstate New York, Stanford went on to study law, work the California Gold Rush, oversee the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, and serve as governor of California and a US senator. He then went on to found one of the greatest and most prestigious universities in the world. Stanford lived large andbold?amassing an astonishing fortune, only to die on the brink of bankruptcy.
InStanford, 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 drain taxpayers, farmers, and merchants of millions, which he, in turn, squandered on mansions, race horses, jewels and vast landholdings. Even the eponymous university in Silicon Valley?created from the largest private university 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 belief and style, Leland Stanford?s life was one of almost unparalleled risk, failure, and reward. For his legacy in business and education, he deserves to be as remembered in the same ranks as Vanderbilt, Carnegie, and Rockefeller. Richly detailed and deeply researched,Stanford helps restore his rightful place as an architect of modern America.