The Plot to Seize the White House

The Plot to Seize the White House

eBook - 2007
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This is the true story of a remarkable American who, during the early New Deal years, was sought by wealthy plotters in the United States to lead a putsch to overthrow the government and establish an American Fascist dictatorship.
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781602390362
1602390363
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource :,illustrations, portraits.

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hypocracy
Jun 20, 2013

This book is about Major General Butler the most decorated marine, one of the most brilliant officers in the United States history. A war hero who hated wars, and hated the men who had sent him to fight them. He exposed the corporate exploitation of the military for profit and the hypocrisy that had marked American interference in the internal affairs of other governments to protect the corrupt rulers and dictators behind a smoke screen of pious expressions of high sounding purpose. “TO HELL WITH WAR! he said; WAR IS A RACKET”; war is a racket to protect economic interest, not our country, and our soldiers are sent to die on foreign soil to protect investments by big business.” He was an ‘enlisted man’s general’ who turned against war profiteering and U.S. military adventurism and as the result of this exposure the profiteers turned against him. Profiteers set-him-up with their “plotters hoax” through a small-time trickster to discredit his reputation as a war hero, he was taken-in and went for it. In Nov. 1934 Butler alleged the existence of a political conspiracy of Wall Street interest to overthrow President Roosevelt. In what was called “business plot” by the very same people who called President’s Roosevelt’s “New Deal” the Jewish Communism. Butler never met with any of the principal plotter. And all those who were named as plotters by Butler all denied the existence of a plot. Later on a biographer portrayed him as the victim of a small-time trickster in what was called “plot without plotters.”

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StarGladiator
May 08, 2013

Incredible book, during a time of incredible congressional investigations (revealing Rockefeller's secret shipments of oil to the Nazi Third Reich via Spain and Switzerland, the financial dealings of the Mellons and du Ponts with I.G. Farben, the financing by Morgan of the fascist Italian invasion of Libya, and so forth). After reading this, next read Donald Gibson's utterly revealing, "Battling Wall Street: The Kennedy Presidency"

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gnob
May 12, 2011

This is a riveting and disturbing piece of non-fiction. The first half of the book is a biography of Marine General Smedley Butler, who rose to high rank despite his tendency to tell the truth when it was inconvenient for his superiors, and whose life is interesting enough for a much longer biography. The second half summarizes the results of the congressional inquiry into the coup plot against FDR that Butler triggered when the plotters attempted to involve him, and that section is chilling. The congressional records were sealed and the author gained access to them in the 1970's, long after interest had waned, so this critical incident in US history isn't widely known.

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