A fresh look at the only president to serve nonconsecutive terms.
Though often overlooked, Grover Cleveland was a significant figure in American presidential history. Having run for President three times and gaining the popular vote majority each time despite losing the electoral college in 1892 Cleveland was unique in the line of nineteenth-century Chief Executives.
In this book, presidential historian Henry F. Graff revives Cleveland's fame, explaining how he fought to restore stature to the office in the wake of several weak administrations. Within these pages are the elements of a rags-to-riches story as well as an account of the political world that created American leaders before the advent of modern media.
|Publisher:||Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.|
|Series:||American Presidents Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Henry F. Graff is a professional emeritus of history at Columbia University, where he taught his pioneering seminar on the presidency. The author of The Tuesday Cabinet and the reference work The Presidents, he is a frequent commentator on radio and television. Graff lives in New York.
Series editor, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., (1917-2007) was the preeminent political historian of our time. For more than half a century, he was a cornerstone figure in the intellectual life of the nation and a fixture on the political scene. He won two Pulitzer prizes for The Age of Jackson (1946) and A Thousand Days (1966), and in 1988 received the National Humanities Medal. He published the first volume of his autobiography, A Life in the Twentieth Century, in 2000.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The American Presidents Series has provided succinct and knowledgeable summaries of our presidents. Short and to the point! I've read several of them and none has disappointed me.
a very interesting consise coverage of an ex-president
Informative and well written. I have read many books in this series and this one is good.
Stating that Grover Cleveland 'is the best Unknown President,' Henry Graff points out that Cleveland is remembered 'almost exclusively as the president who had two nonconsecutive terms of office.' Arguing that 'he deserves a better fate,' Graff reveals his bias but fails to present a convincing argument. Though Cleveland was popular in his time, the policies of his administrations did not differ substantially from those of other administrations of the era. Republican and democratic administrations considered the interests of big business paramount. Graff even notes that the Cleveland supporters were Bourban Democrats, i.e. people who 'had learned nothing and forgotten nothing.' The book is, however, useful in understanding the political and economic changes taking place in the closing decades of the 19th century, including the waging of presidential campaigns. One weakness of the book is Graff's tendency to comment on issues from the perspective of late 20th century social morality. At times this comes across as criticism while other times it seems to be apologetic. Straight reporting of events and policies, leaving the judgment to readers, would have served the author's purposes better. Despite this shortcoming, the book is a worthy contribution to the presidential series.