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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (58 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. Paul Jeffers Narrator: Raymond Todd Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Today, Grover Cleveland is chiefly known as the only president to have been elected to two nonconsecutive terms. But in his day, Cleveland was a renowned reformer: an enemy of political machines who joined forces with Theodore Roosevelt to fight powerful party bosses, a moralist who vetoed bills he considered blatant raids on the Treasury, and a vigorous defender of the Monroe Doctrine who resisted American imperialism.

Cleveland’s career in office was plagued by scandal and a gossip-mongering press. During his first presidential bid, he was persecuted for fathering a child out of wedlock, a charge to which Cleveland readily admitted. At the age of forty-nine, he married his twenty-one-year-old ward, and after the nation’s initial surprise, she became the most popular first lady of her day.

On his deathbed, Cleveland would sum up his career simply: “I have tried so hard to do right.”

In graceful and enduring prose, H. Paul Jeffers gives us the first full look at a president whose moral timber and courageous administrations have more to say to today’s politicians than perhaps that of any other leader in American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brisk and engaging portrait of an unconventional politician.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Jeffers is an amiable tour guide through the ups and downs of Cleveland’s public career, and his biography is pleasant, easygoing, and engaging.”

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • “Jeffers has performed a public service in retrieving Cleveland from the remainder pile of presidents.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “A well-written and timely book that reminds us of Grover Cleveland’s courage, commitment, and honesty at a time when these qualities seem so lacking in so much of American politics.”

    James MacGregor Burns, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jonathan Kurtz | 11/25/2011

    " Another overlooked yet admirable President. If he had a little more backbone, he would have stolen TR's popularity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daniel | 4/29/2009

    " Grover Cleveland was the Bill Clinton of his day. He rose from Buffalo NY to sky rocket to the Presidency, and was our only non-consecutive termed president. For those of us who don't know much about him or that period, it is a good introduction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Samantha | 2/28/2009

    " The content was interesting, but the writing style was repetitive and unnecessarily convoluted. "

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About the Author

H. Paul Jeffers (1934–2009) authored more than seventy books of fiction and nonfiction, including several biographies.