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Prequel : an American fight against fascism  Cover Image Book Book

Prequel : an American fight against fascism

Maddow, Rachel (author.). Outlet Book Company, (publisher.).

Summary: "Rachel Maddow traces the fight to preserve American democracy back to World War II, when a handful of committed public servants and brave private citizens thwarted far-right plotters trying to steer our nation toward an alliance with the Nazis. Inspired by her research for the hit podcast Ultra, Rachel Maddow charts the rise of a wild American strain of authoritarianism that has been alive on the far-right edge of our politics for the better part of a century. Before and even after our troops had begun fighting abroad in World War II, a clandestine network flooded the country with disinformation aimed at sapping the strength of the U.S. war effort and persuading Americans that our natural alliance was with the Axis, not against it. It was a sophisticated and shockingly well-funded campaign to undermine democratic institutions, promote antisemitism, and destroy citizens' confidence in their elected leaders, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing the U.S. government and installing authoritarian rule. That effort worked--tongue and groove--alongside an ultra-right paramilitary movement that stockpiled bombs and weapons and trained for mass murder and violent insurrection. At the same time, a handful of extraordinary activists and journalists were tracking the scheme, exposing it even as it was unfolding. In 1941 the U.S. Department of Justice finally made a frontal attack, identifying the key plotters, finding their backers, and prosecuting dozens in federal court. None of it went as planned. While the scheme has been remembered in history--if at all--as the work of fringe players, in reality it involved a large number of some of the country's most influential elected officials. Their interference in law enforcement efforts against the plot is a dark story of the rule of law bending and then breaking under the weight of political intimidation. That failure of the legal system had consequences. The tentacles of that unslain beast have reached forward into our history for decades. But the heroic efforts of the activists, journalists, prosecutors, and regular citizens who sought to expose the insurrectionists also make for a deeply resonant, deeply relevant tale in our own disquieting times"--Dust jacket flap.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780593444528
  • ISBN: 0593444515
  • ISBN: 9780593444511
  • Physical Description: xxx, 382 pages : black and white illustrations ; 25 cm
    print
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, [2023]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-362) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The glass house -- "Come to my feast" -- Umwege -- "Louisiana was not quite ready" -- "He had a very high opinion of me" -- Bullet holes -- Silver shirts -- Tikkun Olam -- "Probably ten times more" -- Bound and obligated -- "The handwriting on the wall is clear as a bell" -- Hollywood! -- Country gentlemen -- Small world -- Trip 19 -- "Promiscuous use of his frank" -- "I'm not supposed to be doing this kind of work" -- To tell the truth -- "Mr. Maloney would have pulled no punches" -- Bedlam -- "Paralyze the will" -- "Wise choices".
Subject: United States History 20th century
United States Politics and government
United States
Germany
National socialism
Relations
Politics and government
Trials (Sedition)
Right-wing extremists
Disinformation
War Underground movements
Fascism
Antisemitism
Nazis
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism
Procès (Sédition) États-Unis
Extrémistes de droite États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle
Désinformation États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle
Guerre mondiale, 1939-1945 Mouvements de résistance États-Unis
Antisémitisme États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle
Nazis États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle
Nazisme États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle
Fascisme États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle
États-Unis Politique et gouvernement 1933-1945
Germany Relations United States
United States Relations Germany
Trials (Sedition) United States
Right-wing extremists United States History 20th century
Disinformation United States History 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 Underground movements United States
Antisemitism United States History 20th century
Nazis United States History 20th century
National socialism United States History 20th century
Fascism United States History 20th century
United States Politics and government 1933-1945
Genre: Documents d'information.
Informational works.
History
History--United States--20th Century.
Political Science--Political Process--Political Parties.
Political Science--Political Ideologies--Conservatism & Liberalism.
Informational works.

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