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

Version: Unabridged
Author: James Tobin
Narrator: Charles Constant
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: November 2013
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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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.

Author Details

Author Details

Tobin, James

James Tobin is an associate professor of journalism at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A former prizewinning reporter, he earned a PhD in history from the University of Michigan. His first book, "Ernie Pyle s War" (Free Press), won the National Book Critics Circle award.