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Grover Cleveland by Henry F. Graff
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Being an overview of the life and incumbency of our 22d and 24th president. Reflecting its subject, this book is a solid work of narrative, with little if any consideration of big ideas or deeper meanings. Cleveland has (unfortunately, in my view) fallen considerably in historical regard from his "near great" position in the earliest presidential greatness surveys during the World War II era. Graff does very little to budge Cleveland from your survey class which probably filed him away as an honest, competent plodder. The author generally writes clearly, save for occasional indulgences in a rather involuted syntax which can require some rereading to make the sentences make sense, if they ever do. The author's great strength is his colorful rendition of the era's politics The book is a quick, pleasant read which reviews competently but does little to expand one's understanding of its subject. ( )
1 vote Big_Bang_Gorilla | Sep 29, 2014 |
The only president to serve two nonconsecutive terms. His presidency seems to a be from an age where noninvolvement from politicians was a virtue and not and slur. Short read. ( )
  luckypiece5000 | Jun 17, 2007 |
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A fresh look at the only president to serve nonconsecutive terms.

Though often overlooked, Grover Cleveland was a significant figure in American presidential history. Having run for President three times and gaining the popular vote majority each time -- despite losing the electoral college in 1892 -- Cleveland was unique in the line of nineteenth-century Chief Executives. In this book, presidential historian Henry F. Graff revives Cleveland's fame, explaining how he fought to restore stature to the office in the wake of several weak administrations. Within these pages are the elements of a rags-to-riches story as well as an account of the political world that created American leaders before the advent of modern media.

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An examination of the political contributions of the nineteenth-century president traces his rags-to-riches personal story and his efforts to restore stature to the office in the wake of several weak administrations.

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