The President Is a Sick Man by Matthew Algeo
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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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.
 

About Matthew Algeo

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Matthew Algeo is a public radio reporter. He is the author of Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip, which was one of the Washington Post's Best Books of 2009, and Last Team Standing: How the Steelers and the Eagles--"The Steagles"--Saved Pro Football During World War II, which won the 2006 Nelson Ross Award for best pro football historiography.
 
Published May 1, 2011 by Chicago Review Press. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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With the nation suffering an economic depression, Cleveland and his advisors did not want to heighten the panic with the truth: The president had been diagnosed with cancer of the mouth.

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So did Grover Cleveland, as Matthew Algeo shows in "The President Is a Sick Man," a colorful account of "a brazen and elaborate cover-up on behalf of a president whose reputation for honesty was unquestioned."

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Denver Post

Matthew Algeo's breezy, enjoyable book takes us back to 1893, when Cleveland had just reoccupied the White House amid an economic freefall.

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The presidency of Grover Cleveland seems fascinating enough without the addition of a mysterious disappearance and political cover-up.

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They determined it was a verrucous carcinoma, a rare, slow-growing cancer that can occur in the mouths of men like Cleveland, a cigar chomper, who chew tobacco.

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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...

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At the beginning of his second nonconsecutive term as president, Grover Cleveland discovered a horrible growth on the roof of his mouth.

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