The Plots Against the President: FDR, a Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jan 3, 2012 - History - 273 pages
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In March 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt finally became the nation's thirty-second president. The man swept in by a landslide four months earlier now took charge of a country in the grip of panic brought on by economic catastrophe. Though no one yet knew it-not even Roosevelt-it was a radical moment in America. And with all of its unmistakable resonance with events of today, it is a cautionary tale.


The Plots Against the President follows Roosevelt as he struggled to right the teetering nation, armed with little more than indomitable optimism and the courage to try anything. His bold New Deal experiments provoked a backlash from both extremes of the political spectrum. Wall Street bankers threatened by FDR's policies made common cause with populist demagogues like Huey Long and Charles Coughlin. But just how far FDR's enemies were willing to go to thwart him has never been fully explored.


Two startling events that have been largely ignored by historians frame Sally Denton's swift, tense narrative of a year of fear: anarchist Giuseppe Zangara's assassination attempt on Roosevelt, and a plutocrats' plot to overthrow the government that would come to be known as the Wall Street Putsch. The Plots Against the President throws light on the darkest chapter of the Depression and the moments when the fate of the American republic hung in the balance.

  

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Review: The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right

User Review  - Bruce Black - Goodreads

Well researched and fascinating (especially the parallels to the current politics and Obama hating). I would've like a bit more commentary and conclusions and less of the details which, although ... Read full review

Review: The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right

User Review  - Tavis Hanson - Goodreads

Very good comparing today's political climate with what FDR had to deal with when he was elected. Read full review

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Sally Denton

is an award-winning author and investigative journalist. Her books include Passion and Principle, American Massacre, Faith and Betrayal, The Bluegrass Conspiracy, and The Money and the Power (cowritten with Roger Morris). She is a Guggenheim fellow and a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. She lives in New Mexico.

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