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We talk with noted author Matthew Algeo about his book, "The President is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives A Secret Surgery At Sea and Villifies The Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth." In what has to be considered one of the biggest scandals in presidential history, Grover Cleveland and a batch of physicians stole away from the White House and boarded a yacht, where the president then endured a surgery to remove cancer from the roof of his mouth. The cigar-chomping, former Buffalo pub-hound then ordered the surgery hidden from the public to protect his political standing. His aides then blackballed a reporter who broke the story, only to admit he was right years later. Algeo explains why it's always important for the public to be kept abreast of the president's health, and why aggressive journalism has never been more important.
Algeo's website can be found at malgeo.net
He is available on twitter at twitter.com/malgeo
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