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Henry F. Graff (1921–2020)

Autor(a) de Grover Cleveland

25+ Works 1,186 Membros 12 Reviews

About the Author

Henry F. Graff is a professor emeritus of history at Columbia University, where he taught his pioneering seminar on the presidency. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television. Graff lives in New York.
Disambiguation Notice:

(eng) Henry F. Graff was the consulting editor for Time Inc. The actual author of each of the volumes was listed on the title page (as for example in the LIFE History of the United States).

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Obras de Henry F. Graff

Grover Cleveland (2002) 241 cópias, 5 resenhas
The Modern Researcher [5th ed.] (1992) 205 cópias, 4 resenhas
The Time-Life History of the United States: Sets (1963) 121 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Modern Researcher [3rd ed.] (1977) 104 cópias, 1 resenha
The Free and the Brave (1967) 14 cópias
The Promise of Democracy (1978) 3 cópias
Thomas Jefferson (1968) 3 cópias

Associated Works

Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959-1969, Volume 1 (1998) — Contribuinte — 325 cópias, 3 resenhas
The Historian as Detective: Essays on Evidence (1968) — Contribuinte — 274 cópias, 2 resenhas


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Manhattan, New York, USA
Local de falecimento
Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Causa da morte
Locais de residência
Scarsdale, New York, USA
Columbia University (PhD)
City University of New York (City College)
George Washington High School
professor (American History)
non-fiction author
Columbia University
Time Inc.
The New York Times Book Review
City University of New York
United States Army (WWII)
Aviso de desambiguação
Henry F. Graff was the consulting editor for Time Inc. The actual author of each of the volumes was listed on the title page (as for example in the LIFE History of the United States).



This very short work is a part of the American Presidents series of biographies of our nation’s chief executives.

I wouldn’t recommend the American Presidents series for Presidents such as Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Grant, either Roosevelt or most of the Presidents in the 20th century. However, for many of the 19th century Presidents, 200 pages of material will contain about all the material you need to know about Presidents such as Cleveland, Harrison, Tyler, Buchanan, Arthur, Garfield, Van Buren, Fillmore, Hayes, etc.

And while many of the above referenced biographies extend to 200 pages, this biography of Grover Cleveland checks in at only 135 pages. This is far too cursory a treatment for a President that served two, full, non-consecutive terms. This extreme brevity and simplicity render this the most unsatisfactory of all the American Presidents biographies I have read.

Cleveland enjoyed a meteoric rise in Democrat Party politics, serving as Mayor of Buffalo, then Governor of New York in the two short years before his party’s nomination for President. He became the first Democrat to be elected post-Civil War and despite losing the electoral college in his bid for re-election, ended up winning the popular vote in three consecutive presidential elections, becoming the only man to serve non-consecutive presidential terms.

While Cleveland is a perfectly suitable President for a relatively short biography, this 135 page treatment is a poor effort.
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santhony | outras 4 resenhas | Jan 22, 2024 |
A few months ago, I decided to start reading presidential biographies. My goal is to cover all the presidents, one per month. Marty V (The Little Magician) was April, Andrew Jackson was May, and John Q Adams was June.

That brought me to the centerfold, Grover Cleveland, in July. The biggest thing I knew about Grover heading into this book was being the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms (he was #22 & #24). The biggest thing I now know is that Grover was BIG. He tipped the scales at 300 lbs.

One quote that stuck out came from Edward Stuyvesant Bragg (think Fort Bragg). He said of Grover, "...they respect him not only for himself, for his character, for his integrity and judgement and iron will, but they love him most of all for the enemies he has made."

Grover was also Mayor of Buffalo (1882) and Governor of NY (1883). He never played nice with Tammany Hall and was considered extremely honest and strove to clean up the party machine corruption.

His first child, Ruth, died before her 13th birthday (1904). Her nickname lives on in the candy bar, Baby Ruth.

Unless you are planning on reading about all the presidents too, you can probably skip Grover Cleveland. Just grab a Baby Ruth bar and eat it alone, under the harsh glare of a single light bulb.
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Gravewriter | outras 4 resenhas | Jul 22, 2023 |
Good book on researching.
kslade | outras 3 resenhas | Dec 8, 2022 |
This book is more of an overview of Grover Cleveland's life than a biography. It does not go into a lot of detail about much, but does try to give perspective about things that happened in his life relative to the time he lived in.

It does gloss over Cleveland's troubling and creepy relationships with women, which is problematic.

There is also a lot of presidential trivia in this book about several presidents and the resolute desk.
littlemuls | outras 4 resenhas | Aug 26, 2021 |


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