by Jules Archer
New ed. 2007, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
256 pages, illustrated.
Most people will be shocked to learn that in 1933 a cabal of wealthy industrialists—in league with groups like the K.K.K. and the American Liberty League—planned to overthrow the U.S. government in a fascist coup. Their plan was to turn discontented veterans into American “brown shirts,” depose F.D.R., and stop the New Deal. Their plot was foiled only because the man they had hoped to become their American Caesar—Medal of Honor recipient and Marine Major General Smedley Darlington Butler—turned out to be a true patriot and revealed the plot to journalists and to Congress. In a time when a sitting President has invoked national security to circumvent constitutional checks and balances, this nearly-forgotten episode puts the spotlight on attacks upon our democracy and the individual courage needed to repel them.
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Born in New York City, Jules Archer is a graduate of City College of New York. During World War II he served four years in the Pacific with the Army Air Corps and was also a freelance correspondent by order of General MacArthur. He is the author of many books on political events and personalities, including Mao Tse-tung, The Dictators, Hawks, Doves and the Eagle, The Extremists, and Chou En-lai.