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A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland

A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland


Book Overview: A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland

"A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable" (National Review) biography of Grover Cleveland--the honest, principled, and plain-spoken president whose country has largely overlooked him.

"Entertaining and astute" ( Booklist), A Man of Iron explores the remarkable life and extraordinary career of Grover Cleveland--one of America's most unusual presidents and the only one to serve two non-consecutive terms.

Grover Cleveland's political career--a dizzying journey that saw him rise from obscure lawyer to president of the United States in just three years--was marked by contradictions. A politician of uncharacteristic honesty and principle, he was nevertheless dogged by secrets from his personal life. A believer in limited government, he pushed presidential power to its limits to combat a crippling depression, suppress labor unrest, and resist the forces of American imperialism. A headstrong executive who alienated Congress, political bosses, and even his own party, his stubbornness nevertheless became the key to his political appeal. The most successful Democratic politician of his era, he came to be remembered most fondly by Republicans.

"With prodigious research, rich detail...and lively prose" ( The Free Lance-Star, Virginia), A Man of Iron is a compelling and vivid biography joining the ranks of presidential classics such as David McCullough's John Adams, Ron Chernow's Grant, and Amity Shlaes's Coolidge.

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"Entertaining...an enjoyable reconsideration of an underappreciated president." --Publishers Weekly

"Senik delivers an entertaining and astute assessment of [Cleveland's] executive actions that explains why historians regularly rate Cleveland highly among U.S. presidents." -- Booklist

"Robust biography of an overlooked president...a capably written introduction to a political leader who, though no rock star, deserves to be better known." --Kirkus

"A Man of Iron is better than [previous Cleveland biographies] -- smarter, more comprehensive, faster-paced, and above all funnier in exactly the kind of sly, underhanded way that best fits its subject." -- Christian Science Monitor

"A Man of Iron is a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable journey through the life and career of the ox-like man who became the only U.S. president to serve two nonconsecutive terms." -- National Review

"Grover Cleveland was one of the more remarkable presidents in U.S. history, but today he is scarcely remembered, despite being one of a few men to win the popular vote three times. In a new biography, author Troy Senik seeks to remind Americans of his life and work and to explain why Cleveland has largely vanished from the memory of the nation he served." -- Responsible Statescraft

"A Man of Iron finds the perfect balance between gifty histories and doorstop biographies... Senik packs in many dense discussions of the annexation of Hawaii, the gold standard, Cleveland's fraught relationship with Buffalo, and violent labor struggles. Also exemplary is A Man of Iron's aphoristic style. Senik sprinkles throughout many insightful reflections of his own..." -- City Journal

"Senik...fills A Man of Iron with prodigious research, rich detail on his subject's public and private lives, and lively prose as he profiles the man likely to have been the last conservative Democrat to hold the presidency." -- The Free Lance-Star

"This is a lively, well-written, and deeply researched examination of a consequential president... Of all the recent Cleveland biographies, Troy Senik's is the liveliest. It is a vivid reminder, too, that sometimes wisdom requires leaving it to friends and allies to take the convictions you cherish to the next stage. A Man of Iron is a good, crisp read on Gilded Age politics and one of America's unappreciated presidents." --Claremont Review of Books

"A Man of Iron is a tribute to an incorruptible man, a rare politician who rose above partisanship." --Roger Lowenstein, Wall Street Journal

Troy Senik is a prolific author, former White House speechwriter, and the Editor-in-Chief at Ricochet.com. With significant experience in public policy and political speechwriting, he served as an aide and speechwriter for President George W. Bush, offering unique insights into the presidential administration’s workings. A gifted writer, Troy has marshaled his powerful command of language to effectively communicate complex policy details to the public with clarity. His expertise extends to versatile writing in various capacities. Troy has contributed to major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and Commentary Magazine, where his analysis of political affairs has resonated with readers across the nation. He is also a member of American Political Science Association, demonstrating his deep understanding and commitment to examining political trends and phenomena. Furthermore, Troy is renowned for his role as a Senior Editor at Ricochet and engages with diverse audiences through podcasts. His celebrated podcast, "The Conservatarians" is a testament to his enlightening and engaging approach to politics. Troy Senik, with his multifaceted journalistic prowess and policy expertise, has proven to be a prolific voice in political writing and commentary.

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