Learn about the ‘scandalous life’ of the founder of Stanford University at this book signing and speaker event

Author and journalist, Roland De Wolk, on Feb. 20 will present his new book “American Disrupter: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford” at the Center for Sacramento History.

The book explores the untold story of Leland Stanford, American industrialist and politician, from his birth in a backwoods bar to the founding of Stanford University, considered to be one of the world’s top universities.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd., and will feature a presentation by De Wolk, who will also sign copies of his book. Tickets are available to purchase for $15. Staff expect the event to sell out quickly.

This event is part of the Center for Sacramento history speakers series and is presented in partnership with the Sacramento History Alliance.

The Center for Sacramento History is a historical research center for the region and is the official repository for the archival, or non-current, records of the City and County of Sacramento.

Roland De Wolk is a U.C. Berkeley educated historian who left academia for a career in journalism, then returned to teach at a San Francisco Bay Area university as an adjunct while retaining his investigative reporting work.