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By Roland De Wolk

The lifetime of Leland Stanford may perhaps learn like a tall story of the previous West. Born right into a farming kin 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 discovered one of many maximum and such a lot prestigious universities on this planet. Stanford lived huge and bold?amassing an amazing fortune, in simple terms to die close to bankruptcy.

In Stanford, Roland De Wolk balances the accomplishments of this vital self-made American guy with the darker features 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 sizeable landholdings. Even the eponymous college in Silicon Valley?created from the biggest 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 lifestyles used to be one among nearly remarkable possibility, failure, and present. For his legacy in enterprise and schooling, he merits to be as remembered within the related ranks as Vanderbilt, Carnegie, and Rockefeller. Richly particular and deeply researched, Stanford is helping repair his rightful position as an architect of recent America.

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