Join us for the first in our new Virtual History Happy Hour series. Author and historian Roland De Walk will join us to talk about his recently published book, “American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford.”
American Disruptor is the panoramic saga of Leland Stanford – whose older brother Josiah was an instrumental force in his life – from his birth in a backwoods bar, to his founding of the great university bearing his name that is the birthplace, incubator and sustainer of Silicon Valley. It is the astonishing adventure of how one supremely ambitious man became the nation’s original disrupter while engineering one of the greatest raids on the public treasury for America’s first Big Tech – the transcontinental railroad – and lived more opulently than maharajas, kings, and emperors. And, it is the drama of how his underestimated widow saved his legacy, and the university bearing his name even as it teetered and almost closed – only to be murdered in one of the great cover-ups of the age. Richly detailed and deeply researched, American Disruptor restores Leland Stanford’s rightful place as a revolutionary force and architect of modern America.
Part of a new breed of historians, Roland De Wolk alloys the disciplines of serious, documented history with relevant, vivid storytelling. During his almost four decades in journalism De Wolk has specialized in investigative projects in print, broadcast and online, earning him most major citations in his field, including the Society of Professional Journalists’ coveted Career Achievement Award. Roland is a history graduate of UC Berkeley, was a fellow at Stanford University and is the author of three previous books.
Our Virtual History Happy Hour series aims to bring a little bit of history home to you. Our guest speakers will preset a brief presentation, followed by an informal Q and A chat. Bring your own drink! Whether a glass of wine or a cup of tea, we look forward to (virtually) gathering with you and raising our glasses to history!
There is no charge for the event but you must register in advance. After registering you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the webinar.Register Now