In The President Is a Sick Man, author and journalist Matthew Algeo offers the first full account of a monumental political scandal that shook the Gilded Age. President Grover Cleveland not only had top-secret surgery for cancer at sea (on a boat!) but covered it up afterward, discrediting the reporter who tried to expose the incident. Manager Stephanie highly recommends this book, and she knows from presidential histories. Algeo will discuss this heretofore-forgotten moment in history in an interview with Philip Kennicott, the Washington Post's culture critic. Facebook RSVP here.
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Published: Chicago Review Press - May 2011
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.