FDR's Deadly Secret

FDR's Deadly Secret

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A groundbreaking expose on the breakdown of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's health at the end of his life, revealing new evidence that the president was more seriously ill for a longer time before his death that has been previously acknowledged. The death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on April 12, 1945 sent shock waves throughout the United States and the entire world. Despite longstanding rumors among Washington insiders and a whispering campaign by his political foes that the president was gravely ill, his death appeared to be wholly unanticipated. Indeed, his trusted personal physician, Admiral Ross McIntire, would claim till his dying day that Roosevelt was always the picture of health for a man of his age. But this was a carefully constructed deceit, one that began in the 1930s and became acutely necessary as America approached World War 2. In 1970 Roosevelt's cardiologist admitted he had been suffering from hypertension and that his death - from a cerebral oedema - was 'a cataclysmic event waiting to happen'. Even this was not wholly accurate, yet it has never been challenged. With an exhaustive study of all available reports of FDR's health and a comprehensive review of thousands of photographs, "FDR's Deadly Secret" demonstrates that while Roosevelt did suffer from severe cardiac problems, the actual cause of his death was most likely due to a hemorrhage from a brain tumor that had metastasized from and eventually spread not only to his brain, but throughout his body, including his gastrointestinal tract. This changes the nature of Roosevelt's condition from a physically disabling one, to one that might have affected substantially his ability to make decisions and to function mentally during the crucial days when the nation was imperiled by war. Yet the American public were never told.show more

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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 498.95g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1586487442
  • 9781586487447
  • 2,433,093

About Steven Lomazow

Steven Lomazow, M.D. is a board-certified neurologist in practice for over 25 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 president of the Neurological Association of New Jersey. He has lectured extensively in the fields of pain management, headache and medical politics and has represented the American Academy of Neurology before the Federal Trade Commission. A prominent collector of American magazines and a frequent lecturer on U.S. periodical history, he is a consultant to the Freedom Forum Newseum. Eric Fettmann is associate editorial-page editor of the New York Post, where he has spent most of his 30-plus-year journalism career. He has been a political columnist and assistant metropolitan editor for the paper and is the former managing editor of The Jerusalem Post. He also has written for New York, The Nation, National Review and USA Today. He was co-author of an investigative series that was runner-up for the Society of Professional Journalists' national award for magazine reporting. A journalism historian, he has contributed to numerous encyclopaedias and has been a history consultant on documentary projects for the BBC and PBS.show more

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David Margolick, author ofBeyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink "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." Slate.com "[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." Library Journal "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." Washington Times "a valuable contribution to presidential history"show more

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