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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
By Matthew Algeo
"Algeo paints a colorful portrait of political intrigue
and journalism during the Gilded Age."
"Author Matthew Algeo takes a little known part of presidential history and creates a page-turning ride."
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 was so incredible that, even when the truth was finally revealed, many Americans simply would not believe it.
On that yacht, a team of doctors removed a cancerous tumor from the president’s mouth, along with much of his upper jaw. 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.” Twenty-four long years would pass before one of Cleveland’s doctors finally revealed the truth.
The President Is a Sick Man details an extraordinary but almost unknown chapter in American history, about a brazen political cover-up by a politician whose most memorable quote was “Tell the truth.” The facts concerning the disappearance of Grover Cleveland that summer were so well concealed that even today, more than a century later, a full and fair account has never been published. Until now.
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