Devil Dog

Devil Dog

The Amazing True Story of the Man Who Saved America

Book - 2010
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A biography of Smedley Darlington Butler, who was highly decorated for his service as a Marine in wars around the world. After leaving the service, he toured the country speaking as a veterans' rights advocate, he led a war on crime in his hometown of Philadelphia during Prohibition, and it was his 1934 testimony before the Committee on Unamerican Activities that exposed a group of powerful Wall Street businessmen who were trying to stage a military coup during Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439109021
1439109028
Branch Call Number: 359.96 Ta
Description: 151 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 27 cm

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StarGladiator
Nov 18, 2013

History made real and exciting, from the founder of the web site, salon.com, David Talbot delivers on American history which few people know. Follow that with his book on the Kennedy brothers (President John F. Kennedy, and Sen. Bobby Kennedy), "Brothers" and you are way ahead of most citizens.

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olsesusan
Nov 06, 2015

Why the life of Gen. Butler isn't taught to schoolchildren in America (at least it wasn't to anyone I've ever encountered), is beyond me. But the rich and powerful, especially those connected to Wall St, were enchanted if not seduced by the ideology of fascism, and would have installed a fascist regime in America had it not been for the guts of this man. But it was the fascism of Mussolini that Butler attacked the most vehemently, and America may still be embarrassed by the fact that Mussolini was such a darling of the American business elites. Butler was ordered to apologize for his 'slander' of il Duce, which he refused to do, and his scathing criticisms would still embarrass American capitalism and military foreign policy to this day. This story is full of interesting, behind the scenes details of that era, and is well worth reading. The illustrations do a good job of portraying the times and make the characters come alive.

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