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Wheels Of Courage: How Paralyzed Veterans from World War II Invented Wheelchair Sports, Fought for Disability Rights, and Inspired a Nation

David Davis.
Item #: D11997
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 400 / 2020
Publisher: Center Street
ISBN: 9781546084648
$28.00 $6.98
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Badly wounded in World War II, paraplegic veterans returned to an American society that was poorly adapted for their traumatic injuries. Playing sports was considered impossible, yet Johnny Winterholler and Stan Den Adel refused to waste away in their hospital beds. Thanks to medical advances and the dedication of innovative physicians, these paralyzed veterans formed the first wheelchair basketball teams, and soon the Rolling Devils, the Flying Wheels, and the Gizz Kids were barnstorming the nation and filling arenas with cheering, incredulous fans. Bringing to light an untold tale of the Greatest Generation, David Davis follows the role of these trailblazers in the birth of the Paralympic Games and a revolution in how societies treat individuals with disabilities.


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