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The Plot to Seize the White House by Jules Archer
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Apr 21, 12

bookshelves: biography, conspiracies-jfk-rfk-mlk, history, politics-current-events
Read from April 16 to 21, 2012

A fascinating expose of a conspiracy to overthrow the FDR White House and install a Fascist government with duped veterans as its foot soldiers. According to highly decorated General Smedley Butler, Fascist businessmen and bankers decided to they had to take over the government when FDR took the country off the gold standard and initiated the New Deal initiatives.

The conspirators had turned to retired Gen. Butler to be their figurehead and spokesperson as he was a highly respected national figure and beloved by the Marines he led. However, the grizzled warrior, a patriot who had become disillusioned at what he saw as the government's willingness to sacrifice his soldiers in the protection of business interests abroad, would never have gone along with the plot. Instead, he strung the plotters along, gathering evidence and witnesses until he was able to take their plans to Congress.

At times, this book caused me to pause and consider how some things never seem to change. Gen. Butler was right in his contention that wars are fought for money. Businessmen (Halliburton) stand to make a great deal of money during wartime and are often behind the push to take up arms.

While the book was not well written. Its gets a bit histrionic and maudlin at times, but the facts it relates are what carry the reader along.

If you read it, you will have to remind yourself that this was about events from the 1930s and not today.

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