When Franklin Delano Roosevelt died in 1945, his lifelong physician swore that the president had always been in perfect health. Twenty-five years later, his cardiologist admitted that the president suffered from hypertension, and that contrary to what the public was led to believe, his death was “a cataclysmic event waiting to happen.” But even this was a carefully constructed deceit, designed to protect the reputation of a man that led a country through war, and maintained until now.
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.
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About the Author
Steven Lomazow, M.D., is a board-certified neurologist in practice for more than twenty-five years. He is assistant professor of neurology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a member of the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners and former president of the Neurological Association of New Jersey.
Eric Fettmann is associate editorial-page editor of the New York Post, where he has spent most of his thirty-plus-year journalism career. He is the former managing editor of The Jerusalem Post and has written for New York, The Nation, National Review, and USA Today.
Table of Contents
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lays in bed crying
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.
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.