The Man He Became

The Man He Became

How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency

Large Print - 2014
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Here, from James Tobin, is the story of the greatest comeback in American political history, a saga long buried in half-truth, distortion and myth -- Franklin Roosevelt's ten-year climb from paralysis to the White House. The Man He Became affirms that true character emerges only in crisis and that in the shaping of this great American leader, character was all
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410465504
Characteristics: 647 pages (large print) : ill. ; 23 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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