A charismatic populist candidate for president promotes a platform to create prosperity and restore America to greatness. Sound like today's headlines?
It's the plot premise for Sinclair Lewis' 1935 novel, It Can't Happen Here.
Things did not turn out well for the America that elected Lewis' fictional candidate, Buzz Windrip. He quickly outlaws dissent, dilutes Congress' power by dividing the nation into administrative districts led by businessmen, and establishes a Gestapo-like police force called The Minute Men.