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The Plot to Seize the White House: The Shocking True Story of the Conspiracy to Overthrow FDR Paperback – March 1, 2007
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The book tells the shocking true story of how United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley Darlington Butler was the savior of our Republic from a fascist plot by Wall Street plutocratic militarists in the early 1930s.
Author Jules Archer is featured in The History Channel documentary, The Plot To Overthrow FDR, a concise summary of this exceptional book. This program is available for viewing at Google Video.
For more on Butler and the attempted 1930's fascist coup d'etat against FDR, see my Amazon.com Listmania! book and video list, Smedley Darlington Butler.
Before reading this book, one should read The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us, by Martha Stout, ISBN: 076791581X. All of history needs to be interpreted through the understanding of sociopathy.
The Plot To Seize The White House contains a few primary sources, and records links to many other primary sources, which is its archival value. The details of the Plot itself are told here, and can be retold endlessly by others who care about this event. The story in brief is General Smedley Butler was approached to lead a coup d'etat to overthrow democracy in 1933 & 1934. (Reminding modern readers, 1933 was the year Hitler assumed power in Germany.) He declined, and exposed the plot. The plotters then employed the "OJ Simpson" theory of defense: "if you have enough money you can get away with murder."
Nobody was ever prosecuted. Important men were never arrested or grilled over facts. The newspaper sensation created by an impotent congressional investigation in 1934 and 1935 died down and the story collected dust, forgotten ever since.
However, the story fits into some others, including other suppressed and buried history.Read more ›
Smedley Butler, being the true patriot, leads them on and finally exposes them to the press and Congress. The press, being controlled predominantly by big business, downplays Butler's story and the ensuing Congressional hearings. But the conspiracy is stopped, and the rest is history. As a secondary theme, the book explores Butler's growing disdain for war, and realization that US intervention in other countries is almost always done for the profit of US corporations. Interestingly, after reading the book, one comes to see that the original House Committee on Un-American Activities focused its attention on war profiteers, and was eventually taken over by pro-business interests as a weapon against labor unions and liberal intellectuals.
Many of the events and ideas discussed in this book are especially appropriate today with the Iraq war. I highly recommend this book.
Let's see how long my post here stays up on Amazon's site!!
This story has a hero, Smedley Darlington Butler, a retired general who was one of the men this cabal was interviewing to consider for the post of American Duce or Fuhrer. He didn't take them seriously at first, but collected enough documentation on their plans so that he was able to go to Congress with what he had found and so to precipitate the McCormack-Dickstein hearings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just finished the book. It's really a biography of General Smedely Butler, who, it just so happens, blew the whistle on a few very wealthy control freaks whose goal was to control... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Ned Magnan
It seems like what happened in this true story, could happen today. There is some redundancy in the book, but it's well worth the readPublished 12 days ago by S. Metzger
A very fascinating account of a remarkable man and his times. It will probably be surprising to a lot of people who don't know much about US society and politics in the era of... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Musette
The book examines the background of Smedly Butler and then finally discusses a possible plot to take over the government. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Te Bada
It was a very interesting and eye-opening book about interaction between wars, Wall Street, and the government. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lindy revell
I found this book to be as much, if not more, of a biography of Smedley Butle,r as a book about a plot to seize the White House. That was fine with me as I think that Gen. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Stanton
Very well written true story of an incident/plot that is not taught in history classes. Author starts the story, then stops to give a detailed history of Gen. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Michael Cook
Good book and well written. He is and was a real hero. Thank youPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer