FDR's Splendid Deception

FDR's Splendid Deception

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Publisher: New York : Dodd, Mead, [1985]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1985
ISBN: 9780396085218
Branch Call Number: 973.91709 GALLA,
Characteristics: xiv, 250 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: F.D.R.'s splendid deception
Notes: Includes index


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Oct 14, 2017

This was not the only splendid deception by FDR. I read a book 10 yrs ago (no more available in public library) by William T. Still - I prefer not to give here the title, it would evoke too many ramifications. Well, in that book the author quoted from the diary of an American customs official in Alaska, who wrote down how he discovered that Roosevelt gave the plans of the nuclear bomb and even some equipment to make it, over to the Russians. There was a mutual aid agreement between Russia and America during the war, and these shipments were arranged in that framework. Minute details are given in that diary about how that customs official discovered this, and what was transported by plane from Alaska to Russia. When the customs agent discovered it, he wanted to stop the shipments, but then the Russians told him to call on the phone Harry Hopkins, foreign trade secretary of Roosevelt. He did, and Hopkins told him gently to let the stuff go thru and not to make any mention of them in the customs ledger. So he let them go thru, but he kept a detailed record of them for himself. Roosevelt (or maybe Oppenheimer) said, allegedly, when he was confronted by some insiders, that no single country should have been allowed to own such a formidable weapon to blackmail the rest of the world. OK, other deception by Roosevelt was the Pearl Harbor incident, where, it's known already, Roosevelt had knowledge of the coming Japanese attack days ahead, and he sent the biggest aircraft carriers away from Pearl Harbor before the attack. I don't judge FDR for doing these; there are valid arguments that may justify why he was doing it. But the Rosenbergs were innocent victims, years later, executed in the electric chair, just to give the American public some explanation why the Russians have developed the Bomb so quickly. In fact, there was a historical video tape series here in public libraries, where I saw Russian agents telling, admitting that they got the plans from the Americans. And then the Russians passed the plans on to the Chinese.

Oct 12, 2017

A readable and compelling 'expose' on how polio enabled Franklin D. Roosevelt to achieve the Presidency of the United States. The author's personal interest (as a polio himself), keen mind, and writing skill make this medical-biography very satisfying and enlightening reading. Polio was a scourge that has faded from public awareness after the deployment of the anti-polio vaccine in the late 50s so this book is an important record of the end of the era of this debilitating disease.

May 19, 2016

Interesting book focusing on FDR's disability (he had polio as a youth and could not walk without braces and/or assistance.) The book describes his founding of Warm Springs, GA rehabilitation facility and his ongoing efforts to hide his disability so he would not be perceived as an unable or incompetent politician.


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Oct 12, 2017

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a paraplegic polio yet he was elected President of the United States four times. The public knew that FDR was lame from polio, but they were never told the true extent of his disability. Extreme measures were used by his staff and the Secret Service to hide his handicap, and Roosevelt refused to admit even to himself the extent of his disability. This was FDR's 'splendid deception'. This biography is an intensely personal view of Roosevelt and how his contracting polio affected critically both his character and political career. The author is a polio who uses his personal knowledge and experience of the disease to ferret out the influence of polio on FDR and American history. The book offers 20 b&w photographs, endnotes, a lengthy bibliography, and an index.


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Sep 12, 2017

"Roosevelt entered my life ... when I contracted a severe case of paralytic polio in 1952. After a year in hospital, I went to the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation for my rehabilitation. Roosevelt had created the Foundation ... and his ebullient spirit still pervaded ... when I was there seven years after his death. FDR became my role model. He denied his disability and led a famously successful life. Twenty years [later] I found myself in deep depression. Clearly FDR's way was not working for me. ... I wondered about my hero, FDR. Had there been anything behind his facade? I began the research that resulted in [this] book ." (From Gallagher's memoir "Black Bird Fly Away", Arlington, VA: Vandamere Press, 1998,p. 207)


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