Book cover of Becoming FDR: The Personal Crisis That Made a President by Jonathan Darmanby Jonathan Darman

“An illuminating account of how Franklin D. Roosevelt’s struggles with polio steeled him for the great struggles of the Depression and of World War II.”—Jon Meacham

“A valuable book for anyone who wants to know how adversity shapes character. By understanding how FDR became a deeper and more empathetic person, we can nurture those traits in ourselves and learn from the challenges we all face.”—Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Steve Jobs and Leonardo Da Vinci

In popular memory, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the quintessential political “natural.” Born in 1882 to a wealthy, influential family and blessed with an abundance of charm and charisma, he seemed destined for high office. Yet for all his gifts, the young Roosevelt nonetheless lacked depth, empathy, and an ability to think strategically. Those qualities, so essential to his success as president, were skills he acquired during his seven-year journey through illness and recovery. 

Interview with the Author

Podcast Art for American History HitAmerican History Hit 
Becoming FDR
11/3/22           35 min

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FDR’s Polio Made Him Wheelchair Bound, But Also an Incredible Orator and Strategic Mastermind
10/25/22             46 min

Podcast art for Serve to LeadServe to Lead 
Jonathan Darman | Podcast
11/1/22            49 min

Podcast art for Keen OnKeen On 
Jonathan Darman: How FDR Learned to Be FDR: The Personal Crisis That Transformed Him Into a Historic Leader
9/6/22            43 min

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How Polio Made a President 
12/7/22          55 min

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