My book review of The President Is a Sick Man by Matthew Algeo appears in today’s Wall Street Journal. It’s about President Grover Cleveland’s cancer surgery, the cover-up to keep it secret, and the journalist who tried to expose the truth.
The surgery was kept so quiet that even Vice President Adlai Stevenson (the grandfather of the future presidential contender) didn’t know about it. But a few reporters grew suspicious because Cleveland was at sea longer than expected. Then he was kept out of sight. Ultimately, however, they bought the administration line. “Cleveland was given the benefit of the doubt—a benefit that modern presidents rarely enjoy,” writes Mr. Algeo.
Yet there was a leak…
By the way, my friend Larry Reed thinks Cleveland was one of America’s best presidents.