The Plots Against the President

FDR, a Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right

By Sally Denton
(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781608190898, 288pp.)

Publication Date: January 3, 2012

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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.

About the Author
SALLY DENTON is an investigative reporter and writer whose books include "The Money and Power: The Making of Las Vegas and its Hold on America" (Alfred A. Knopf, 2001), which was made into a documentary film broadcast on the History Channel, "American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857" (Alfred A. Knopf, 2003), "Faith and Betrayal: A Pioneer Woman's Passage in the American West" (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006), "Passion and Principle: John and Jessie Fremont, the Couple Whose Power, Politics and Love Shaped Nineteenth-Century America "(Bloomsbury, 2007) and "The Plots Against the President: FDR, a Nation in Crisis", and the "Rise of American Right" (Bloomsburg, 2012). Denton received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2006 and was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 2008.
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