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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.
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.
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 ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting. Certainly not mentioned in civics class. The seriousness of this plot was downplayed by the targeted President.Published 23 days ago by M. Seibert
I found this book very uninteresting. I didn't even finish reading it which I never do. I read all books about the presidents, first ladies and families, but this did nothing for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ann Wood
A story that every American should know. Gives great insight into today's corporate mentality.Published 1 month ago by Ozzie
The Plot is the reliable story of a very small number of people, reliable in that at any given time a very small number of people could be working on an anti-government plan that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cabin Dweller
An interesting period of history that's usually glossed over or rarely mentioned even when the Bonus March is being written aboutPublished 2 months ago by Ron Di
A dark side of our nation's history that is largely unknown and a hero unappreciated.Published 2 months ago by Julaine D. Wilcox
Scary story, if you like political intrigue. Literally a book you can read in a day without putting it down.Published 3 months ago by Chuck