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Becoming FDR : the personal crisis that made a president / Jonathan Darman.

Darman, Jonathan, (author.).


"In popular memory, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the quintessential political "natural." Born in 1882 to a wealthy, influential family and blessed with charisma, he seemed destined for high office from birth. Yet for all his gifts, the young Roosevelt nonetheless lacked depth, empathy, and strategic ability. Those qualities, so essential to his success as president, were skills he acquired during his eight-year struggle through illness and recovery. Becoming FDR traces the riveting story of the crucible that forged Roosevelt's political ascent. Soon after contracting polio in 1921, the former vice-presidential candidate was left paralyzed from the waist down at the age of thirty-nine. He spent nearly a decade trying to heal and rehabilitate his body and adapt to the stark new reality of his life. By the time he reemerged on the national stage, his character and his abilities had been transformed. He had become shrewd by necessity, tailoring his speeches to a new medium-radio-that allowed him to reach listeners far beyond his physical presence. Suffering had also taught Roosevelt compassion, cementing his bond with those he once famously called "the forgotten man." Most crucially, he had discovered how to find hope in a seemingly hopeless situation-a genius for inspiration he employed to motivate Americans through the Great Depression and World War II. The polio years were transformative too for Eleanor Roosevelt, whose at-first reluctant appearances as her husband's surrogate sparked a drive to become a force in her own right. Tracing the physical, political, and personal transformation of the iconic president, Becoming FDR is the story of a man who found his strong, true self in the depths of a crushing challenge-and re-emerged with wisdom he would use to inspire the world"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781400067077 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1400067073 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: xxvii, 407 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2022]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-390) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: Destinies (June 1920 and June 1936) -- On Campobello -- The path -- The parade -- Broken glass -- The precious child -- Love matches -- The orphan girl -- Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt -- Golden boy -- Breathless and hunted -- Persecutors -- Lonely island -- In a hurry -- Hurtling -- Stranded -- Plans -- The will and determination of the patient -- Nothing to do but think -- Means of grace -- Time in the sun -- The way it feels -- The soul that had believed -- The call -- On my feet -- The long fight -- "You must let me be myself" -- The prize -- Pray for me -- Spreading fire -- An unfamiliar city -- Fear itself -- Epilogue: The spirit of Warm Springs (November 1933 and November 1941).
Subject: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 > Health.
Presidents > United States > Biography.
Poliomyelitis > Patients > United States > Biography.
United States > History > 1919-1933.
United States > Politics and government > 1919-1933.

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