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The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth

The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth

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Book Overview: The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth

An extraordinary yet almost unknown chapter in American history is revealed in this extensively researched exposé. On July 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland boarded a friend's yacht and was not heard from for five days. During that time, a team of doctors removed a cancerous tumor from the president's palate along with much of his upper jaw. When an enterprising reporter named E. J. Edwards exposed the secret operation, Cleveland denied it and Edwards was consequently dismissed as a disgrace to journalism. Twenty-four years later, one of the president's doctors finally revealed the incredible truth, but many Americans simply would not believe it. After all, Grover Cleveland's political career was built upon honesty--his most memorable quote was "Tell the truth"--so it was nearly impossible to believe he was involved in such a brazen cover-up. This is the first full account of the disappearance of Grover Cleveland during that summer more than a century ago.

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ISBN-139781613744567
ISBN-101613744560
PublisherChicago Review Press
Publication Date2012-09-01
EditionReprint
Languageen
Pages272
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Weight lbs

"[A] breezy, enjoyable book." -- Washington Post

"One of the best non-fiction books of 2011." --PopMatters.com

"Algeo writes entertainingly, but the themes he develops are serious ones, well worth the attention of serious readers." --History Book Club

"A lively, cautionary tale--and one with a lesson for leaders that recalls Cleveland's own words of wisdom: Tell the truth." -- Wall Street Journal

"Author Matthew Algeo takes a little known part of presidential history and creates a page-turning ride." --Associated Press

"Algeo paints a colorful portrait of political intrigue and journalism during the Gilded Age." -- Publishers Weekly

Matthew Algeo is a prolific author with a profound interest in American history, especially lesser-known and intriguing events. With his keen knack for thorough research and masterful storytelling, Algeo brings these overlooked historical occurrences to life with a unique combination of depth and accessibility. His books, including "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure" and "Last Team Standing," have garnered commendations for their meticulous detail and engaging narratives. Before transitioning to writing, Algeo had a distinguished career in journalism. He worked as a reporter and a news editor for several public radio stations in the US and overseas, gaining invaluable experiences that honed his investigative skills and nurtured his passion for history. His work as a foreign correspondent, stationed in places such as Budapest and Berlin, has given him an international perspective and rich source material for his writing. Respected for his ability to imbue forgotten chapters of history with fascinating relevance, Matthew Algeo continues to captivate readers with his evocative depictions of America's past. His commitment to factual accuracy, coupled with his talent for weaving enthralling narratives, cements his position as a valuable contributor to the world of historical literature.

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