Collected Works Bookstore presents journalist Sally Denton for a discussion of her latest book, The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right.
The Plots Against the President regales readers with the true tale of an anarchist assassin, demagogues, and a plotted coup d'etat - the forgotten history of the forces that lashed out against President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as he took the helm of a country on the brink. Though Roosevelt was elected by a landslide in 1932, by the time he ascended to office in 1933 the Great Depression held the United States in the grip of panic. Roosevelt struggled to right the teetering nation, armed with little more than indomitable optimism and the courage to try anything. Yet, his bold New Deal experiments provoked a backlash from both extremes of the political spectrum. Two startling events that have been largely ignored by historians frame investigative journalist Sally Denton's swift, tense narrative of a year of fear: anarchist Giuseppe Zangara's attempt on Roosevelt's life, and a plutocratic plot to overthrow the government that would come to be known as the Wall Street Putsch.
Santa Fe local Sally Denton is the award-winning author of The Pink Lady, Passion and Principle, Faith and Betrayal, American Massacre, The Bluegrass Conspiracy, and The Money and Power (with Roger Morris). She is a Guggenheim fellow and a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. She will be presenting in conversation with Mary-Charlotte Domandi, host of the Santa Fe Radio Cafe on KSFR 101.1.