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

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 481 pages
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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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User Review  - busterrll - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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User Review  - lanewillson - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

Contents

BUFFALO
1
THE BACHELOR
27
MARIA
55
WITHOUT MY CONSENT
73
THE ORPHAN
95
PATH TO THE PRESIDENCY
123
THE GODDESS
151
STIRRINGS OF A SCANDAL
171
THE BRIDE
331
DEATH OF A NEWSPAPER
347
THE TRIAL
363
KEEPER OF THE FLAME
397
EPILOGUE
427
NOTES
441
INDEX
471
ix
472

A TERRIBLE TALE
195
DEFAMED
217
FINDING MARIA
233
A BULLET THROUGH MY HEART
251
THE AFFIDAVIT
277
PRESIDENTELECT
293
ROSE
313
73
474
151
475
171
477
251
478
313
479
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About the author (2011)

Charles Lachman is the executive producer of Inside Edition-the longest-running series of its kind. Previously he served as a producer for A Current Affair and was a reporter for the New York Post and The Fort Lauderdale News. Lachman is the author of In the Name of the Law, The Last Lincolns: The Rise and Fall of a Great American Family, andA Secret Life: The Lies, and Scandal of Grover Cleveland's Presidency.

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