Behind cover large  Rooted in wartime Wisconsin, this funny, sad, and at times wise memoir tells how polio changed a boy's body, shaped his personality, and seemed to rule his life. Many years later the writer must again deal with this pesky nemesis when the ugly disease rears its head as post-polio syndrome. 
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I must tell you how very much your "Behind Enemy Lines" meant to me! It conjured up all sorts of memories for me and reminded me of what the Scottish essayist and historian Thomas Carlyle wrote..."What an enormous magnifier is tradition. How a thing grows in the human memory and in the human imagination, when love, worship, and all that lies in the human heart is there to encourage it."...It cost you so much in memory to write it and I commend your courage in being so forthright and not fearing to delve into the past...   MS 

In "Behind Enemy Lines" John tells his story in a very fetching way, with humor and understatement. He tells of the special schools and retreats and treatments provided to polio stricken children by the state of Wisconsin. He tells of the friends he made, the nurses with whom he fell in puppy love. His title comes from the fact that his treatment spanned much of World War II and his fascination with that war, its airplanes, soldiers and secret agents. I laughed out loud when John was sent to live in a foster home in Superior, so he could be close to the special school he had to attend. At night, when the adults were asleep John brought his stash of cigarette butts he'd stolen from his landlord, opened the window and blew smoke out the little round holes in the storm window sash. He was a secret agent, you see, behind enemy lines, wondering if he would ever make it home safely. D. Wood

- this poignant yet amusing coming-of-age memoir is a pleasure to read. The photos add much to understanding the author and his family...the overall emotional power of the story made it well-worth my time!   Y. Schmidt 

 

 
     
     

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