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This persuasive re-examination of Roosevelt’s last years reveals a more profoundly disabled president than the nation knew, and asks whether Roosevelt should be criticized or celebrated for shouldering the weight of a wartime presidency in his compromised state.
“[An] astounding argument…If Lomazow and Fettman are right, Republican Thomas E. Dewey or a different Democrat should have been elected president in 1944. In that case, Harry S. Truman, FDR's vice president, would almost certainly not have been commander-in-chief from 1945 to 1952. The Cold War and subsequent American history might have taken a very different path.”
“Unlike most conspiracy buffs, the authors are objective enough to admit that their thesis is…Regardless, their book is readable and interesting and should appeal to both specialists and the general public.”
“a valuable contribution to presidential history”
The Boston Globe
“The authors present their material in an engaging, though not sensationalistic manner. As a result, “FDR’s Deadly Secret’’ will find a wide following among those interested in one of American history’s most compelling medical mysteries.””
“Neurologist Steven Lomazow and journalist Eric Fettmann… are the first to crack wide open the secrecy that has shrouded Roosevelt’s health until now”
Palm Beach Post
"Well-told ... The authors make a good case for their thesis ... Lomazow and Fettmann have gone as deeply into the medical evidence as is possible, and produced a convincing sidelight to history."
“FDR’s Deadly Secret is about one man and his myriad health problems. It is about the obsessive secrecy designed to keep the nature and extent of his illnesses away from public scrutiny… This is a fascinating medical detective story.”
1 An Orator Stumbles 1
2 Wilson's Example 15
3 Triumph Over Mortal Matter 25
4 Is Franklin D. Roosevelt Physically Fit to Be President? 41
5 A Career Navy Medical Officer of No Particular Distinction 51
6 The Brown Blob 63
7 The Beginning of the End 77
8 Enter Bruenn-But When? 93
9 Not Planning for the Succession 115
10 An Avalanche of Rumors 129
11 "He'll Come Out of It. He Always Does" 149
12 Yalta 161
13 "Did You See This Thing Coming?" 171
14 The Cover-Up Continues 187
15 A Certain Narrative 203
16 The Next Deadly Secret 215
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Posted December 24, 2011
Moved a little slow at times. Interesting insight into the way decisions were made during a veru critical period of history. An excellent exapmle of the people beingg sheltered from the trust ina destructive way.
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Posted October 4, 2010
Everyone should read this book. Maybe I should say everyone
MUST read this book. The evidence adds up. FDR had serious
medical challenges. The public was not told. We were
heading toward disaster. I am so glad this book was written
and was WELL written also. Brings up topics and challenges
we face today and will face in the future. Life is not so
simple now and the public needs a president, and a leader
who is healthy and able to lead, no matter what party.