Friday, April 26, 2013

An Honest President: The Life and Presidencies of Grover Cleveland by: H. Paul Jeffers

I must say, Grover Cleveland is one of, if not THE most favorite presidents of mine.  He was truly "The last Jeffersonian".  When one compares Cleveland to Theodore Roosevelt, there are many differences and I have deemed both men incredible.  One of them was an incredible man in his personal achievements and actions, and lacking fidelity to the Constitution, the other pretty much sedentary in his personal life yet a stalwart regarding the Constitution. I found so many similarities in our [Cleveland and myself] respective work ethics that it was amazing.

I was a bit worried because the prologue began speaking of Bill Clinton.  I had started and not finished another book on Cleveland "The Last Jeffersonian" and had to stop at 50% due to insatiable need to talk about Obama, Sarah Palin and the like.  It was so distracting.  It did continue throughout the book however it was not nauseating as the "The Last Jeffersonian". 

The book is not an exhaustive work on the former president.  The author states that he did not want to right a book for a Historian but rather a "normal person".  I enjoyed the book however I want to read more about Cleveland.  I want to look at the good and the bad and decide for myself. 

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (January 22, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0380805715
ISBN-13: 978-0380805716

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