|:||Schlesinger, Arthur Meier|
|Publisher:||Henry Holt & Co|
|Publish Date:||Aug 2002|
|Number of Pages:||154|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.75|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.0 x 8.5 x 0.5|
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. is renowned as a historian, a public intellectual, & a political activist. He served as a special assistant to President John F. Kennedy; won two Pulitzer Prizes, in 1946 for "The Age of Jackson" & in 1966 for "A Thousand Days", & in 1998 was the recipient of the National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York City.
|Editor's Note||p. xv|
|Early Years||p. 3|
|A Career in Buffalo||p. 12|
|Governor of New York||p. 21|
|The Making of a President||p. 43|
|In the White House||p. 67|
|Defeated for Reelection||p. 90|
|An Interregnum||p. 98|
|The Return to Power||p. 111|
|End of the Road||p. 130|
|Selected Bibliography||p. 143|
As part of the "American Presidents" series under the editorial direction of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., distinguished historian Graff (America: The Glorious Republic, to 1877) offers new insight into a President who is often overlooked. Best known as the only President to serve two nonconsecutive terms, Cleveland does indeed deserve Graff's fresh examination. The 1888 Presidential election was marked by one of the earliest and most virulent attacks on the personal behavior of a candidate when Cleveland was accused of fathering a child out of wedlock.
But the candidate took full responsibility for the child (an act Graff refers to as "the gold standard" for such circumstances), and in the end the incident did not 'cause Cleveland to lose the election. Graff's examination of the 1888 election is one of the finest short reviews of that peculiar race available. Cleveland had a narrow view of the President's powers and did not exert the more expansive leadership that would characterize later Presidents.
But he was an able administrator and pursued a clean-government agenda. This slim volume is a valuable addition to the literature on the Presidency and is a compelling argument for taking Cleveland seriously as a President. For political collections of public libraries.
-Michael A. Genovese, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles
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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.
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