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Thursday, March 8, 2007

The Plot to Seize the White House

Plot to Seize the White House

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.

Paperback * 256 pages * March 2007 * Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

A few years ago, I learned of the existence of an out-of-print book which outlined a purported fascist plot to overthrow FDR's presidency with a corporate dictatorship (hmm, I missed that one in history class.) It was nowhere to be found, so I put out the word that I would be willing to pay up to $300.00 for copy. A bookseller stepped up and, after reading it, I decided to post the entire text on my website, which I did. This generated some traffic (the only traffic I really got), and discussion of the book spread.

I was contacted last year by Skyhorse Publishing to please take down the text, as they were planning on releasing a new edition. This was great news, and I promptly edited my post to only include a few paragraphs from each chapter.

I urge you to read this fascinating story. And when you are done, please go here and buy back my 1973 first edition copy. I need my three hundred bucks back. :)

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