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FDR's Deadly Secret Hardcover – January 5, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
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“Anyone reading this fascinating and disturbing book will have to reassess Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose insistence on remaining president despite an arsenal of illnesses subjected his country to grave danger in the most perilous of times. FDR’s Deadly Secret makes us wonder how much different history would be had Roosevelt been healthy, and how catastrophic a turn it nearly took because he was not. Scientifically and politically savvy (and suspenseful!), it offers a highly original take on epochal events.”
“[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
Top Customer Reviews
Such was clearly not the case in the age of FDR. Here was a president who could go and spend a day with his former mistress Lucy Mercer Rutherford in her Aiken, S.C. home and make trips to doctors and hospitals without the item being news worthy. Contemporary Americans find it hard to believe that the vast majority of Americans and the world did not know that FDR was bound to his wheelchair, a secret that was maintained through the cooperation of the media who never photographed him in his wheelchair or getting in and out of a vehicle. Even in the 1960's it's hard to imagine that the relationships that JFK had - which I believe were somewhat exagerated now - but none the less existed to some extent went without media coverage. Today the guest list at the White House is always known. Every move the president makes seems like news. In the "good old days" politicians, candidates and other public figures got by with a lot until Gary Harte got caught on his boat. In our age of paparazzi news coverage, the age of FDR seems much like the stone age.
FDR was only 62 at the time of his death, but from the accounts in this book, he had the body of a man 30 years his senior with numerous health issues. It is surprising to find out his real age at time of death, because most people having only known him from his pictures assume that he was much older.Read more ›
Two thumbs down.
The thesis of the book is that Roosevelt was in much worse shape for longer in his presidency than has ever been revealed publicly. This has been raised in the media before. In 1979, a doctor named Harry Goldsmith postulated that FDR may have had malignant melanoma. This is based on photographs of FDR showing a dark spot over his left eye that appeared in the late-1920s, slowly grew, then mysteriously disappeared in 1942. The authors pick up on this, further theorizing that, by the time of his death, FDR's (unproven) melanoma had metastasized into stomach and brain cancer. The authors state that it was stomach cancer which caused FDR's weight loss in 1944, and that several incidents when the President seemed "out of it" were seizures caused by brain cancer.
The book's preface is illustrative of the flaws in the authors' work. It recounts FDR's address to the Congress after his return from the Yalta conference in 1945. There were a large number of verbal stumbles in that speech. The authors state that, based on the location of the text in his reading copy of the speech, FDR was having trouble with visual acuity in his left eye.Read more ›
What I miss in the book is a clear foundational exposition of what Medical Scientists thinks they know about this highly erratic and unpredictable disease today. If we are to find credible the hypothesis that FDR was afflicted with Melanoma, we need to know much more about the disease as it is understood today. Today, much of the research is focused on cell mutations, the propensity of some individuals to have and sustain mutations, of others to reject them at the celluar level. Much current research is focused on the genetic and broadly environmental triggers and of course, whether manipulation of these has potential clinical value. Of course none of this was around 40 years ago, and it certainly wasn't available during FDR's lifetime -- but a foundational exposition would be a huge assist in evaluation of the hypothesis.
Melanoma is not a disease common among dark skinned persons. It occurs among Northern European origin groups, Eastern Europeans, Scandinavians, Germans and yes, the Dutch -- and it follows their migration patterns.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It exposed the truth of what happened during the meeting/discussion between Churchill, Roosevelt & Stalin, while Roosevelt never should have gone because of his illness.Published 23 days ago by A. Bennett
Perhaps the authors' assumptions are not wild but their worst are not and CANNOT be substantiated. Not being a medical doctor, this reviewer has no standing to refute any... Read morePublished 1 month ago by tjsloss
Bought several of this fantastic read. Perfect gifts for my cardiologist (a history major before med school) and primary care physician - these are professionals you should never... Read morePublished 2 months ago by BigMac1912
The head of state should traditionally be"fit to lead"( to give the title of a 1980 book dealing with those leaders- British Prime Ministers such as the late Winston... Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. Washington
Good account of the life of FDR and things that the public should have known. We as citizens need to have way of knowing our President is competent. Thanks for this book. ThomasPublished 15 months ago by Thomas D. Dixon
Detailed and excellent review of FDR's health. It is amazing all that he managed to accomplish despite polio, heart problems and likely cancer.Published 17 months ago by A. R. Kearney
This movie was about the King & Queen of England visiting the Roosevelt's at their Hyde Park (NY) home on the Hudson River in 1939. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Bert Weidemeier