The whole time they were all on the boat (where the surgery took place) I was riveted. The operation was kept secret in part because any news that the gold-standard-supporting Cleveland was seriously ill would turn the Panic of 1893 into a complete rout and Cleveland's Vice President, Adlai Stevenson, was at odds with the President over the issue of whether the government should continue to purchase silver.
Not only do you get a high level overview of Cleveland’s life, but along the way you learn a lot in the various side stories (other secret Presidential health issues, story behind L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz, the facial hair of presidents, how cancer had a social stigma and was not discussed, the development of sterile surgical techniques ...).
Great insight to the tribulations of the era. Filled with history of other noteworthy individuals as well.
I'm going to try to avoid the big spoiler, but this is an interesting story and an entertaining read. Read a good book and accidentally learn some history, I say.
So, Grover Cleveland was President in a fiery political period. When he began to have health problems, it was imperative that his political opponents not find out. He was discretely (cleverly) treated on the sly.
Recommended for presidential and medical history buffs.
If you enjoy presidential history, spiced with a story of hard-nosed journalistic investigation of a super secretive surgery, this book is for you.
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