Sworn into his second term as President just months before, President Grover Cleveland disappeared from public view for five days. Cleveland had been diagnosed with the dread disease, cancer. In the midst of the Panic of 1893, the President insisted on total secrecy in order to insure the Country's financial stability. A team of top physicians and surgeons was assembled, boarded the Oneida, a friend's yacht, and headed toward open water to perform the surgery to remove the cancer. The story was picked up by well-respected journalist, E.J. Edwards. What followed was a successful campaign by Cleveland's supporters to deny and discredit Edwards' story.
Matthew Algeo is an award-winning author who enjoys writing about unusual and interesting events in American history. Algeo has reported from four continents, and his stories have appeared on some of the most popular public radio programs in the United States. His previous book, Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure, tells the story of a road trip that Harry and Bess Truman took by themselves shortly after leaving the White House. It was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post. Algeo lives in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.