The Man He Became

The Man He Became

How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency

Book - 2013
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"With a searching new analysis of primary sources, NBCC award winner James Tobin reveals how FDR's fight against polio transformed him from a callow aristocrat into the energetic, determined statesman who would rally the nation in the Great Depression and lead it through World War II. When polio paralyzed Franklin Roosevelt at thirty-nine, people wept to think that the young man of golden promise must live out his days as a helpless invalid. He never again walked on his own. But in just over a decade, he had regained his strength and seized the presidency. This was the most remarkable comeback in the history of American politics. And, as author James Tobin shows, it was the pivot of Roosevelt's life--the triumphant struggle that tempered and revealed his true character. With enormous ambition, canny resourcefulness, and sheer grit, FDR willed himself back into contention and turned personal disaster to his political advantage. Tobin's dramatic account of Roosevelt's ordeal and victory offers central insights into the forging of one of our greatest presidents"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780743265157
Branch Call Number: B ROOSEVELT
Characteristics: vii, 370 pages, 8 un-numbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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May 01, 2014

This book is a snapshot of a very difficult period in FDR's life : from the contracting of polio in 1921 to his election as president of the United States. The author's basic premise is that FDR became such a great president because of his struggle with polio and the determination he had to hopefully walk again. The book also disproves the prevalent belief that FDR did everything to hide his disability and that Americans did not know. A very interesting book about this man and a history of polio at the turn of the 20th century.

Apr 15, 2014

very comprehensive info on FDR's polio from the day and place he caught it through misdiagnoses at a critical time and the way he and his family coped with it at a time when polio was thought to be a disease of the poor and unsanitary conditions and the word cripple itself was a negative adjective that he had to overcome. I enjoyed it immensely. KG


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