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The Plots Against the President by Sally Denton
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Mar 28, 12

Read in March, 2012

A well written account of the development of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a presidential politician and the First Hundred Days of the New Deal. Ms. Denton weaves both the physical assault against FDR in Miami shortly after his election and the verbal assaults of Huey Long and Father Coughlin - along with some other extreme voices - into an interesting tapestry of America in the 1930s. Made me think of today's Fox Network and Rush Limbaugh.

Great on detail with telling portraits of the people around Roosevelt and those in the more truculent left and right wings of political life back then. I was amazed to learn how quickly the shooter in Miami - Giusieppe Zangara - was tried, convicted and executed. But that's Florida for ya.

Worth the time to read. I was very satisfied.
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