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Wheels of Courage

Wheels of Courage

WHEELS OF COURAGE reveals the never-before-told story of the world’s first wheelchair athletes: U.S. soldiers, sailors, and Marines who were paralysed on the battlefield during World War II. They organised the first-ever wheelchair basketball teams within V.A. hospitals after the war, which quickly spread across the nation and changed the perception and treatment of disabled people. The book tells this story through the lens of three of these vets, describing their time in the military, their injuries, their recovery, and their role in creating wheelchair basketball.

These men changed the narrative of disability, from pity for people whose lives were over to seeing them as capable people who happened to have a disability. Their doctors changed the way the medical community looked at and treated disabled patients by treating the whole patient instead of just trying to make the patient as comfortable as possible in a hopeless situation. And laws started changing to make the world more accessible to the disabled — things we take for granted today, like sidewalk ramps.

For the disabled, for sports fans, for veterans, for history buffs — this is a narrative of hope, perseverance, and acceptance.
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Genre: Humanities / History / Military History

On Sale: 24th September 2020

Price: £22.99

ISBN-13: 9781546084648