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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: October 2012 ISBN: 9781470837303
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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 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 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 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.

About the Narrator

Raymond Todd is an actor and director in the theater as well as a poet and documentary filmmaker. He plays jazz trombone for the Leatherstocking quartet, an ensemble that gets its name from one of his favorite Blackstone narrations, The Deerslayer. Todd lives in New York.