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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 [Format Kindle]

Matthew Algeo

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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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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 273 pages
  • Editeur : Chicago Review Press (1 mai 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0050QIO0M
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Grover Cleveland's Secret Surgery Revealed 5 mai 2011
Par Dr. Watson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The author, Matthew Algeo, a reporter for public radio, and probably not well known in historian/academic circles, and not a Medical Doctor, has yet, brought us a thoroughly researched and noteworthy book about Grover Cleveland's secret oral surgery. I especially liked this book because the author, a reporter, has written about another reporter (E.J. Edwards) who broke the story about Grover Cleveland's surgery, but was castigated by other reporters and publishers, until the lead Doctor, W.W. Keen, decided to write the definitive medical story himself, and contacted that reporter, who had had his reputation previously ruined. Algeo also gives excellent background of the historical period, including the desperate economic times, the labor and union movement, and the Silver vs. Gold standard controversy. This provides an excellent contextual background for the author's discussion of the oral surgery, and why Cleveland wanted it kept secret.

As an academic, I wished the author had included footnotes for the voluminous quotes made throughout the book. But the Acknowledgements section shows that Mr. Algeo has done his homework on this well-researched book. The only other drawback was the advertisement pages following the Index, somewhat reminiscent of the old Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew books of the 20th century, which included like-advertisements about forth-coming books in the series. In this case, Algeo has included 5 1/2 pages of advertisement for his other noteworthy book, "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure." He has even included an excerpt from the Truman book. While I commend the author for the Truman book, it is a distraction from the Cleveland work. Otherwise, the Cleveland book is filled with pictures, diagrams, new information about the oral surgery, it's result, and the subsequent forensic testing of the material which was removed from his mouth. I especially appreciated Algeo's full treatment of what happened to the principal characters in the case. A page-turner which I highly recommend.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Excellent Book From Matthew Algeo 29 juin 2011
Par Brevort - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have been a (public school) history teacher for the past twenty-three years. I am not a writer and rarely take the time to sit down and compose a review. Having just finished reading "The President Is A Sick Man" I find myself motivated to do just that. The book is outstanding. I've taught The Gilded Age and Progressive Era periods for many years. President Cleveland's 1893 operation was not unknown to those interested in Presidential history. What Matthew Algeo has done (as he did in "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure") is to conduct extensive research into the personalities involved, the connected issues of the day and the political and cultural context in which the event occurred....and to then write about it all in a way that enlightens and entertains. One does not have to be a history nerd to enjoy this book.

Steve Cleveland (yes, that's right, Grover's first name was Steve....unusual for that period) apparently possessed a dual personality that both served him well and got him in trouble....and made possible one of the great presidential deceptions. On the one hand Grover Cleveland was serious, disciplined and dedicated and on the other he was a gregarious "hail fellow well met" who enjoyed nothing more than sitting in a bar serving as raconteur whilst eating and drinking too much.

Algeo goes into some detail about the severe economic downturn (depression) that occurred in the early 1890's, it's causes and effects and especially the influence it had on Cleveland's insistence that his major health crisis be kept absolutely secret. Who knew that the impending vote to repeal the Silver Purchase Act could have motivated one of the greatest presidential conspiracies?

Anyone interested in presidential history, political conspiracies, medical history, or learning more about the culture of the Gilded Age/Progressive Era will enjoy this book. Matthew Algeo has taken the time and has devoted the effort to do the research and the writing that make for (another) wonderful book. I hope he continues to explore, and write about, these lesser known but important events from our history.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent story, but too many digressions 19 mai 2011
Par Robert C. Scudder - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Matthew Algeo gives an excellent account of the events surrounding Grover Cleveland's secret surgery for jaw cancer in July, 1893. But, as in Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure -- which I thoroughly enjoyed -- he goes off in too many directions, spending pages on matters which are of historical interest but are of little if any relevance. It is important to describe the depression and money crisis which gripped the country, in order to understand the reasons for the secrecy surrounding Cleveland's illness, but too many other issues are introduced, taking the reader's attention far afield. Overall a very good book, but in the future Mr. Algeo should stick more to the topic and not digress so much.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting in some respects but overall not particularly relevant 23 septembre 2011
Par Michael Marriott - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I ordered this book as I am interested in the life of Grover Cleveland. He was the last "Jeffersonian" Democrat to be elected president. While I did not expect this book to dwell on his presidency, I found the presentation of his life and work a great contextual read. Especially interesting were the mores of that time that would not even permit the utterance of the word "cancer". This is all well and good. However the conspiracy like tone of the description of the book is quite exaggerated. Cleveland (the author constantly refers to him as Grover which for some reason is irritating) had surgery to remove a tumor within his mouth. He did not wish the public to know about this clandestine operation. Big deal. Given the description of the times I fail to see how that is unusual. Further the reporter who broke the story of this operation was not crucified, again as implied in the description. Rather, the president and his team issued statements saying that he had some teeth pulled. The reporter who uncovered the story went on to have a grand career nonetheless and was vindicated in 1917 by the doctor who performed the surgery. Finally we are treated to a picture of Cleveland's excised tumor which was put in jar and preserved. I cannot see how any of this dimishes Cleveland's reputation for honesty in public affairs; at the time he lived it was proper to keep such things private. On a closing note I did enjoy the pictures within the text, particularly the inauguration of Cleveland's second successor, William McKinley.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 the not so "Honest President" 26 juin 2011
Par david l. poremba - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Here is the story of the "Honest Presidents'" not so honest side (surprise) and the plan to cover up his major cancer surgery, which occurred on a yacht in the middle of Long Island Sound during his second term as president.
On July 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland disappeared and was not heard from for five days. Aboard a friend's yacht, he underwent major surgery on his mouth to remove a cancerous tumor. Of course, some of the country's leading surgeons performed the surgery and a leading dentist who was a practiced practitioner of the use of anesthetics was also on hand. The fact that the operation was successfully performed "at sea" lends an incredible air to the scheme, not to mention the fact that the patient survived and recovered extremely quickly. As the country was in the middle of a major financial crisis at the time, secrecy was paramount. Any indication that the president was unable to lead the country would most likely have caused an even greater panic. So, it was covered up.
Enter one of the country's leading journalists of the day, E.J. Edwards. He exposed the secret operation, Cleveland denied it ever happened and the public believed the man who ran for office with the slogan "Tell the Truth". Edwards was discredited, called "a disgrace to journalism" by a colleague and suffered his smeared reputation for a number of years until the lead doctor, W.W. Keen, wrote the definitive medical story himself. Edwards was vindicated. But even after this disclosure, nobody really believed the event actually happened.
Matthew Algeo has written a remarkable book detailing this one of a kind happening and little known part of presidential history. He does digress, yet even his digressions are informative and easily digested.
This is a real page turner, full of political intrigue and investigative journalism during the Gilded Age.
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