• The Fighting Bunch

  • The Battle of Athens and How World War II Veterans Won the Only Successful Armed Rebellion Since the Revolution
  • By: Chris DeRose
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (102 ratings)

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The incredible, untold story of the WWII vets who overthrew their corrupt hometown government - the only successful armed rebellion on US soil since the War of Independence.

Corrupt politician Paul Cantrell was in complete control of McMinn County, Tennessee, his whims enforced by the violent Sheriff Pat Mansfield and his deputies. On Election Day, Cantrell and the sheriff seized the ballot boxes and brought them to the jail "to be counted" in secret. Soldiers came home from World War II to find their community in the grips of this corrupt political machine. These veteran soldiers, who became known as "The Fighting Bunch", armed themselves and lay siege to the jail as the National Guard closed in. After six hours of gunfire and dynamite blasts, Boss Cantrell and Sheriff Mansfield fled the state. The deputies surrendered. The ballot boxes were opened and counted. The GI slate was elected, and the story buried.

This episode in US history has never been more relevant but has never been fully told. After years of research, including exclusive interviews with the remaining witnesses, archival radio broadcast and interview tapes, scrapbooks, letters, and diaries, author Chris DeRose has reconstructed one of the seminal - yet untold - events in American election history.

©2020 Chris DeRose (P)2020 Tantor
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epic!

amazing! heard Chris on Your Welcome with Michael Malice and immediately went and bought this

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One of the most interesting and inspiring stories I’ve ever heard. I wish everyone would read Eleanor Roosevelt’s words and keep the rebellious spirit alive as free individuals living in these United States rejecting Tyranny at all cost.

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Great story

An inspiration for modern Americans. This book and story shows how normal people defeated the elites and powerful.

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A great, well written story. I did not want to quit listening once I started!

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Great Book and worth reading

A great book to remind us all about the freedoms and liberties we have taken for granted for the last 60 years. How those in power can become corrupt and subvert and exploit others further degrading our democracy. This book also shows that men, real men, must stand up for the principles of this nation, and be willing to fight back against terrine where ever it may fester, even here in the US. It take all of us to make a nation, and only a few to tear it apart for their own gain.

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Inspiring tale of both the fight and after

Inspiring story of citizens fighting for their right to vote and overcoming corruption. Good background on the evolution of the situation to get to a boiling point and helpful background of the players. I have profound respect for those who finally did what was necessary to protect their rights, but am more impressed by their actions to heal the community after.

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This history needs to be more widely disseminated. When elections are fraudulent the G.I.’s exhibited the only course of action. Run within the system and only take arms when absolutely needed. Questioning an election is the beginning that our country has now taken regardless of free speech suppression. That suppression is the leading indicator of the existence of tyranny.

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Excellent!

This book is a must read for every American who thinks election fraud can't happen and is not happening today.

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This is such a great book Wall written and very similar to today .
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Entirely unique

Read this book. An industry screen-writer could not have written a more thrilling story than the truth of what happened in Athens TN. 10/10 would recommend.