When polio paralyzed Franklin Roosevelt at the age of 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 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.
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"In this age in which privacy can be an elusive concept, this audiobook returns the listener to a different era, when politicians like Franklin D. Roosevelt could survive polio, be constrained to a wheelchair, and still become a world leader whose limitations stayed under the pressÕs radar. James TobinÕs biography is a thorough presentation of FDRÕs struggles, which are ably presented by narrator Charles Constant. In particular, ConstantÕs style highlights TobinÕs elegant prose, which brings out FDRÕs determination and frustration, from which the public was often shielded. A book like this can be both depressing and inspiring. Constant uses subtle nuances in inflection and tone to create a realistic portrait of FDR, the press, and those who helped him attain greatness. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"