A Secret Life: The Lies and Scandals of President Grover Cleveland

· Skyhorse
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About this ebook

The child was born on September 14, 1874, at the only hospital in Buffalo, New York, that offered maternity services for unwed mothers. It was a boy, and though he entered the world in a state of illegitimacy, a distinguished name was given to this newborn: Oscar Folsom Cleveland. The son of the future president of the United States—Grover Cleveland. The story of how the man who held the nation’s highest office eventually came to take responsibility for his son is a thrilling one that reads like a sordid romance novel—including allegations of rape, physical violence, and prostitution. The stunning lengths that Cleveland undertook to conceal what really happened the evening of his son’s conception are truly astonishing—including forcing the unwed mother, Maria Halpin, into an insane asylum.

A Secret Life also finally reveals what happened to Grover Cleveland’s son. Some historians have suggested that he became an alcoholic and died a young man—but Lachman definitively establishes his fate here for the first time. In this gripping historical narrative, Charles Lachman sets the scandal-plagued record straight with a tightly-coiled plot that provides for narrative history at its best.
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A Google user
Interesting book with good detail of the society and times of President Cleveland. Unfortunately, the book is poor written - it doesn't flow well at all. Worthy of reading, but not at the top of the list.
A Google user
It has always been strange to me the way we humans can compartmentalize our lives. Grover Cleveland may be the most extreme example of our Presidents, but he is by far one of the more interesting men we've placed in the Oval Office.
A Google user
Not overly satisfying biography of Grover Cleveland. The bio focuses on two main scandals involving him; one, the unequivocal cover-up of his cancer operation in 1893, which was truly remarkable, and ...

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