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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Mr. Butler exposed the plot and it went nowhere. - Goodreads
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Only two plots. One was Giuseppe Zangara's attempt to assassinate FDR prior to his inauguration. He missed FDR, but wounded several others, including Chicago mayor Anton Cermak who later died ... Read full review

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This book should get one star, but thanks to the saving grace of its subject matter it gets the bump up to two stars. If you told me that you had a book about a Wall Street financed plot to oust FDR ... 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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