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 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

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  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book has achieved the "rare" book status. Rumor has it that copies are being bought up to erase its existence, ending its stain on reputations on rich families with embarrasing ancestery. In any case, readers will only find it in a few libraries. A recent book: The Corporation : The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, by Joel Bakan , ISBN: 0743247442, has a concise synopis of the facts presented in chapter 4. Also, extensive quotes are online on [...] website, issue #53.

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.
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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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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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Haven't yet read this, but it seems to have been suppressed, all right. It can be downloaded online, however, at:

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Let's see how long my post here stays up on Amazon's site!!
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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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