Know Your History

Holy crap — even as well-versed in the 1930s as I am, I had never heard of this.

BBC Radio 4’s investigative series, Document uncovered details about a planned coup in America in 1933. Go to the website, and you can listen via streaming audio.

The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans — so that the US could beat the Great Depression by adopting fascist policies similar to Hitler and Mussolini’s.

The plotters were prominent right-wing businessmen….some of the famous families behind Heinz, Birds Eye, Maxwell House…..and George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott Bush.

So, apparently, it runs in the family.

Jesus Christ.