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The Forgotten Conservative: Rediscovering Grover Cleveland

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Grover Cleveland is truly the forgotten conservative: a man of dignity, integrity, and courage often overlooked by the history books. Historian and author John Pafford reveals a president who deserves more attention. Cleveland might not have presided over deeply troubled times, but he set a standard for principled leadership in office that is especially relevant today.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 6th 2013 by Regnery History (first published January 1st 2013)
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MBJ
I have a personal goal to read at least one biography of every American president. This time I randomly chose Grover Cleveland and decided upon The Forgotten Conservative because I found the title compelling for a biography about a Democratic president. Unfortunately, upon completion, I did not come away with a very good sense of this President or of how he lead the U.S. during his two non-consecutive terms. It is is a relatively short biography, but nonetheless, Mr. Pafford falls short of prese ...more
Daniel Farabaugh
This book is unfortunately marred by the politics of the writer. He is so determined to make his case for limited gov't and that expanded gov't involvement has destroyed individual effort and made people dependent that it colors everything he does. All those who opposed Cleveland are socialists, anything that paints a negative view is either ignored (the Philippine-American War) or glossed over (the atrocious labor conditions) in order to shoehorn Cleveland into the great category.

The author doe
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Sean Brennan
No insight. No Critique. No observation. No good!
Jacob O'connor
“Don’t just do something, stand there!”

I think most children can relate to the unrequited desire to help a cocooning butterfly. I remember the first time I saw one. She was struggling to escape her cocoon. I wanted to help. My father was much wiser. He warned me that trying to help could only hurt. She needed this time of struggle to strengthen her wings. Even when she had finally emerged, her battle was not over. It looked to me like her wings were wet as she tried to spread them out. I looked
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Manny
I enjoyed this book. Unfortunately, Grover Cleveland does not enjoy the vast amount of books written about him as does some of his contemporaries. In this era were "great presidents" are chosen based on the spoils of war and the amount of graft of the tax payers, Cleveland rightfully does not rate well.

Grover Cleveland is one of my favorite presidents. His fidelity to the Constitution is unequalled save for those who wrote it. He erred on the side of liberty as opposed to those in power theretof
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Dale
Published by Regnery History in May of 2013

Grover Cleveland. Quick! Name me any fact about Grover Cleveland that you can think of!

Was he the one that was so fat that he got stuck in the bathtub? No, that was Taft.

Is he on the Mount Rushmore? No, those are Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and T. Roosevelt.

Was he a famous Civil War general that became president?

No, that was Grant, Garfield, Hayes and Harrison.

Was he the president who was elected, got beat running for his second term but ran again an
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Steven Hartman
Pretty dry and shallow. I wanted more in regards to his presidency and it seemed to gloss over a lot of the issues. For a two term president and the only democrat in a 50 year time span in the nation's history, 150 pages of bio is pretty thin.
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