by Allan Nevins


(Volume Two of Two)

ISBN 978-0-945707-29-5     $35.00

420 pages including bibliography, appendixes and index.

(Continued from Volume One.)  " is a pleasure to turn to the solid merits of the full and balanced narrative which Professor Nevins has produced.  He paints his Cromwell wart and all.  While he sets down nothing in malice, he omits nothing over which, if it had been left out, malice could indulge in a snigger.  Without a suspicion of hero worship this biography makes record of an extraordinary life which was in many particulars of its public service heroic.  From beginning to end it has here been traced minutely and faithfully.  Some of Mr. Cleveland's early associates, indulging in fond recollections of his youth, have endeavored to make him out a young man of marked precocity.  Mr. Nevins puts this aside as more than dubious.  Bred in the narrow but bracing environment of a humble parsonage in a country town, Grover Cleveland passed on to preparation for his career slowly, and often with uncertain steps.  At last settled in the study and practice of the law at Buffalo, it was years before his promise and potency were made known to his fellow-citizens.  Although many of his early companionships were ill-chosen, and although he long found a strange pleasure in consorting with men in rather vulgar surroundings, little by little he came to be know as a lawyer able to concentrate himself with great intensity upon the cases committed to his hands, and as one whose cool judgment and absolute disinterestedness made him of great value as a consultant in delicate and difficult questions... 
  No doubt the greatest single service that President Cleveland did the United States was saving it from going off the gold standard in the early '90's.  The looming of that critical issue he had with unusual prescience foreseen and prepared himself to do battle on the right side of it.  His forcing through Congress of the bill to repeal the law for Treasury purchases of silver was an achievement to which he bent all his native force and applied every ounce of his official pressure..."
Distilled from the Book Review, The New York Times, October 16, 1932.
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