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The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover… (2011)

by Matthew Algeo

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An interesting topic for a while. Also got sort of rambly in the last 50 pages. ( )
  Abbey_Harlow | Oct 5, 2017 |
An interesting topic for a while. Also got sort of rambly in the last 50 pages. ( )
1 vote abbeyhar | Jul 23, 2014 |
An interesting topic for a while. Also got sort of rambly in the last 50 pages. ( )
  abbeyhar | Jul 23, 2014 |
An interesting topic for a while. Also got sort of rambly in the last 50 pages. ( )
  abbeyhar | Jul 23, 2014 |
3.5 stars.
It always interests me to read about our past Presidents and their relationships with the media, knowing how the media treats them today – that absolutely nothing is off-limits. Don’t know how it’s evolved into this or that I agree with these current practices. I always go back to FDR with his polio, how he would be shown standing at a podium on his own two legs (albeit with much hidden support), and the media respectfully agreeing to never photograph him in a wheelchair or struggling in any way. Thanks to the media, who loved FDR, the public at large was ignorant of the extent of his malady. But before FDR, they were not always so respectful if they didn’t like the President.

Here we have Grover Cleveland, who is popular in games of trivia because there are many interesting and unique factoids about him. Grover is discovered to have a cancer at the roof of his mouth, and this is back when no one even liked to think about the C word, much less say it out loud. It’s also not long after cancer ravaged poor old U.S. Grant, and everyone saw it. So when a reigning Prez gets seriously ill, do you really want to risk pandemonium and the political and economic repercussions by making it public knowledge? Or do you let just a few select people know about it and toss out a pack of lies to the public? The doctors and the administration opt to keep it a secret, except that one doctor spills the beans after feeling slighted, and, oh, what a sticky web they have created. This is about midway into the book and the damage control kicks into high gear, but the book sort of went the opposite direction for me after that point.

Still a very good piece of non-fiction if you’d like to learn more about our Presidents or if you ever wonder about the public’s “right to know.” ( )
  kdabra4 | Feb 23, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 156976350X, Hardcover)

On July 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland vanished. He boarded a friend’s yacht, sailed into the calm blue waters of Long Island Sound, and--poof!--disappeared. He would not be heard from again for five days. What happened during those five days, and in the days and weeks that followed, was so incredible that, even when the truth was finally revealed, many Americans simply would not believe it.

The President Is a Sick Man details an extraordinary but almost unknown chapter in American history: Grover Cleveland’s secret cancer surgery and the brazen political cover-up by a politician whose most memorable quote was “Tell the truth.” When an enterprising reporter named E. J. Edwards exposed the secret operation, Cleveland denied it. The public believed the “Honest President,” and Edwards was dismissed as “a disgrace to journalism.” The facts concerning the disappearance of Grover Cleveland that summer were so well concealed that even more than a century later a full and fair account has never been published. Until now.

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Recounts the summer of 1893 when President Grover Cleveland disappeared for five days, covering up a surgery to remove cancer from his palate and jaw.

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