In American Jupiter, 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, American Jupiter helps restore his rightful place as an architect of modern America.
SubtitleLeland Stanford and the Scandalous History of the Man Who Created Modern California
AuthorBy Roland De Wolk
Published7 August 2018
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.
About the author
Roland De Wolk is an author, historian, and veteran investigative reporter honored by many professional citations. He has covered Stanford, the Silicon Valley, and the growth of tech for decades. De Wolk teaches at San Francisco State University and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.