Jules Archer

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Jules Archer (January 27, 1915 – November 13, 2008)[1] was an American author who wrote many volumes of non-fiction history for a general audience and for young adults.

Archer attended DeWitt Clinton High School in New York City and the College of the City of New York, where he received a degree in advertising.[1]

Archer served four years during World War II with the Army Air Corps in the Pacific theater. He is the author of many books on U.S. history, political events, and personalities, including The Plot to Seize the White House: The Shocking True Story of the Conspiracy to Overthrow FDR, and Jungle Fighters: A G.I. War Correspondent's Experiences in the New Guinea Campaign.

Historian James E. Sargent, reviewing The Plot to Seize the White House by Jules Archer, wrote: "Thus, Butler (and Archer) assumed that the existence of a financially backed plot meant that fascism was imminent, and that the planners represented a widespread and coherent group, having both the intent and the capacity to execute their ideas. So, when his testimony was criticized, and even ridiculed, in the media, and ignored in Washington, Butler saw (and Archer sees) conspiracy everywhere. Instead, it is plausible to conclude that the honest and straightforward, but intellectually and politically unsophisticated, Butler perceived in simplistic terms what were, in fact, complex trends and events. Thus, he leaped to the simplistic conclusion that the President and the Republic were in mortal danger. In essence, Archer swallowed his hero whole."[2]

Jules Archer lived the remainder of his life in Scotts Valley, California.[3] His papers are held by the University of Oregon Libraries.[1]

Works (partial list)

  • Battlefield President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Fighting Journalist Horace Greeley
  • Front-Line General Douglas MacArthur
  • Man of Steel Joseph Stalin,Julian Messner 1965
  • Twentieth Century Caesar Benito Mussolini
  • Angry Abolitionist William Loyd Garrison,Julian Messner 1969
  • The Philippines' Fight for Freedom, Crowell-Collier Press 1970, ISBN 978-0-02-705640-2
  • Treason in America: Disloyalty Versus Dissent, E P Dutton 1971, ISBN 978-0-8015-7932-5
  • Ho Chi Minh: Legend of Hanoi, Bailey Bros.& Swinfen Ltd 1973, ISBN 978-0-561-00153-1
  • They Made a Revolution, 1776, 1975
  • The Plot to Seize the White House, 1973/2007
  • Mexico and the United States, 1973
  • The Incredible Sixties: The Stormy Years That Changed America, 1986
  • Who's Running Your Life?: A Look at Young People's Rights, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1979, ISBN 978-0-15-296058-2
  • Resistance, 1973
  • They Had a Dream: The Civil Rights Struggle,1993
  • Winners and Losers: How Elections Work in America, 1984
  • Mao Tse-Tung, 1972
  • Breaking Barriers: The Feminist Revolution from Susan B. Anthony to Margaret ..., 1998
  • You Can't Do That to Me : Famous Fights for Human Rights (ISBN 0027056007), 1980


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Guide to the Jules Archer Papers 1947-1977
  2. Sargent, James E.; Archer, Jules (November 1974). "Review of: The Plot to Seize the White House, by Jules Archer". The History Teacher. The History Teacher, Vol. 8, No. 1. 8 (1): 151–152. doi:10.2307/491493. JSTOR 491493.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Penguin: Jules Archer, accessed January 16, 2011