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Review of: The Plot to Seize the White House, by Jules Archer
This popular history attempts to show that an organized, funded and potentially successful conspiracy by wealthy financers and businessmen during 1933-34 was thwarted only through the ardent anti-fascist views and testimony of Major Smedley D. Butler of the U.S. Marines. Butler, who retired in 1931 after thirty-five years of distinguished service and two Congressional Medals of Honor, was a blunt, controversial, single-minded advocate of veterans’ causes, like the “bonus” and better pensions. He gradually became a strident advocate of ending foreign wars, which he belatedly (during the 1920s) came to believe only enriched profiteering American commercial interests. ( Read more...Collapse )