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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; First Edition, 2nd Printing edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602390363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602390362
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"General Butler's story was . . . alarmingly true." —Time magazine
 
"James E. Van Zandt, a Republican congressman, corroborated Butler's
story." —Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

About the Author

Jules Archer served for four years during World War II in the Pacific with the Army Air Corps. Born in New York City, he was also a freelance correspondent by order of General MacArthur. He is the author of many books on political events and personalities, including The Plot to Seize the White House; Mao Tse-tung; The Dictators; Hawks, Doves, and the Eagle; The Extremists; and Chou En-lai.

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This book should be required reading in schools.
Andrea
Smedley Darlington Butler - A U.S. Marine War hero picked by the corporate elite to oust FDR so they could install their own fascist dictator.
Michael Kirchubel
I read a library copy of this book years ago and was shocked at the story it reveals.
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104 of 115 people found the following review helpful By anarchteacher on March 3, 2007
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Excellent attractive and inexpensively priced paperback edition of the Jules Archer classic. It is terrific to have this wonderful book back in print again!

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.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Newton Ooi on January 26, 2008
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A commonly asked question among historians is "how do democracies turn into dictatorships?" Two historical events are commonly used as models to answer this question; the transition from Roman Republic to Roman Empire, and the rise of the Nazis in Weimar Germany. A third event could also be thrown in; one that is almost forgotten to history, even though it is well-documented. This third event is the cabal of financial interests that came together in the early 1930's to take out FDR. This event is documented in this book; first released in the 1970s, and re-published last year. The chief protagonist is General Smedley Butler, one of the most decorated marines in US history. As a popular war hero, in his retirement he is approached by several representatives of financial interests asking him to lead an army of jobless veterans onto D.C. to essentially intimidate FDR into giving up power. These financial interests include Morgan, Rockefeller, Al Smith, and other powerful figures of that time; and their goal is to stop FDR out of fear of higher taxes.

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.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Bob Fitzsimmons on March 1, 2007
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Some stories are so shocking they seem to be fiction. The amazing part of this true-life history is that the events really happened and that the story has been covered up for sixty years. Great reading for conspiracy and history buffs. Radicals really did try to overthrow FDR!
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132 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Eric Zuesse on March 1, 2007
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This book by Jules Archer documents the abortive scheme by America's leading aristocratic families in the early 1930's for a coup d'etat to replace FDR by a fascist dictator patterned after Hitler and Mussolini. I have checked out and verified all its main sources, such as the House hearings, from the committee headed by John McCormack and Samuel Dickstein (popularly called "the McCormack-Dickstein Committee"), titled INVESTIGATION OF NAZI PROPAGANDA ACTIVITIES, the House Un-American Activities Committee at a time when that Committee was anti-fascist and not only anti-communist. Archer supplements their report with contemporary news articles and books by great investigative journalists such as George Seldes and John Spivak, who independently interviewed participants in the scheme. Archer's work brings all this together into a breezily written book which I believe will stand as one of the, if not as the, supreme muckraking masterpiece(s), because it exposes in raw details the greatest threat to American freedom and democracy: the conservative aristocracy. Archer names names, of both front men and their financial backers, such as the DuPonts, Pittcairns, Morgans, Pews, Mellons, Rockefellers, Huttons, and the backing which they also provided to Robert Welch who was subsequently to found the John Birch Society.

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.
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59 of 71 people found the following review helpful By J. Bray on August 9, 2008
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Smedley D. Butler deserves a heroes place in the annals of history and yet 95% of the populace will give you a quizzical look when asked about him or the 'business plot'.
I eagerly anticipated having a book that was supposed to codify all the facts pertaining to this plot that I could recommend to friends and family.
Alas Mr Archer own opinions and conclusions drawn, dwarfed those of Mr. Butler(RIP). The high points of this book lie in the middle where we learn of his war exploits that shaped his later anti-interventionist stance and towards the end where select pieces from the hearings and Butlers testimony are pieced in sequential order followed by an all too brief somewhat condescending write up of his anti-war activities at the end of his life.

I will briefly detail some of the flaws below
The story is told directly from Butlers POV which one normally wouldn't find problematic except that the author was very sparse on details pertaining to the plot(the leaders and companies) who only received brief mentions while a good chunk of the book focuses on the plotters emissary(as opposed to the hearings and that fact that Butler was proven right yet not a single charge was brought forth!) Gerald Macguire trying to convince butler to head the coup.

The author also liberally threw around terms like conservative/fascist in a related fashion and grouping leftists(communist included) as the good guys in this story. Note Butler never says this as wall street and the bankers hold sway over both political parties but apparently Archer imposed his paradigmic view on the events that transpired. A fully fleshed view would take into account this was a fascist coup for sure but it included members of both parties of the so called opposing view points.
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