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Polio : An American Story
Polio An American Story
Author: David M. Oshinsky
Here David Oshinsky tells the gripping story of the polio terror and of the intense effort to find a cure, from the March of Dimes to the discovery of the Salk and Sabin vaccines--and beyond. Drawing on newly available papers of Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin and other key players, Oshinsky paints — a suspenseful portrait of the race for the cure, wea...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780195307146
ISBN-10: 0195307143
Publication Date: 8/3/2006
Pages: 368
Edition: New Ed
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who's a grad student in history - but with more free time on my hands, I managed to get through it more quickly than he did. I never thought that I would find a book about the history of Polio deeply fascinating. That man can write. I am not normally a history buff but this book was extremely engaging and difficult to put down. Oshinsky did a wonderful job of portraying the personalities involved in the epic, from FDR to Foundation officials to the scientists working on the vaccine. The politics involved in this story - one might even say, the drama - struck me as impressive. My other favorite thing about the book was the way Oshinsky put polio in context. Gender, class, conceptions of disability, race, the Cold War, the media - no aspect is left unturned. It's a great exposition of a time in the country when many of our parents were growing up. It was wonderful to read a piece of nonfiction that was so difficult to put down. It's short, but it packs a punch.

I highly recommend it. Five stars.
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This book goes through many different aspects of polio in America. From stories of people who struggled with polio (including FDR) to the various scientists and researchers who fought to find a cure to the continued struggle to defeat polio worldwide. It makes the fight against polio very real for those of us that were not around to see it firsthand. Overall, a great book.