Master of His Fate: Roosevelt's Rise from Polio to the Presidency

By James Tobin

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Publisher Macmillan Imprint Henry Holt and Company, Inc. ISBN


Master of His Fate: Roosevelt's Rise from Polio to the Presidency

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A biography of FDR, focusing on his battle with polio and how his disease set him on the course to become president, for fans of Steve Sheinkin’s political biographies.

In 1921, Franklin Delano Roosevelt contracted polio. Just as he began to set his sights on the New York governorship—and, with great hope, the presidency—FDR became paralyzed from the waist down. This riveting, intimate biography chronicles the harsh medical facts of his condition, while also shedding light on what Roosevelt felt, and how he took action in a crisis. FDR faced a radical choice: give up politics or reenter the arena with a disability, something never before seen. With the help of Eleanor and close friends, Roosevelt made valiant strides toward rehabilitation and became even more deadset on becoming president, proving that misfortune sometimes turns out to be a portal to unexpected opportunities and rewards—even to greatness.

Note on sources. Index. Black-and-white photo insert. 
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