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The Man He Became

The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency - James   Tobin

Franklin D. Roosevelt was 39 years old when he was stricken with infantile paralysis (polio). Just one day he couldn’t stand up anymore and the hope for a fast recovery faded fast when he just got worse and the doctor had no clue to what had stricken him and in the end misdiagnosed him. Precious time was wasted before another doctor recognized what ailed him and by then it was too late for Roosevelt to be ever walk again properly. He would have to rely on other people to support himself to stand, or a cane, leg braces or a wheelchair for the rest of his life.


Still he became in the end the president of United States.



I find Franklin D. Roosevelt’s life fascinating and this book was a very interesting and well written account of his life just before he was stricken with infantile paralysis, his period of illness and his struggle to walk again and reclaim his life and career again. I found best part of the book was 2/3 of the book that focused on Roosevelt and how infantile paralysis struck him and how his life was forever changed because of it. The ending of the book was not bad; it was just a bit too much politic for me. Beside learning more about Rooosevelt was it interesting to learn more about infantile paralysis what a devastating illness it was.