It Can't Happen Here
is a novel about a fascist
takeover of the United States of America
. It was written in 1935
by Sinclair Lewis
and was inspired by events in Italy
and especially in Germany
Its protagonist is Doremus Jessup, a middle-aged moderate.
Its antagonists include the dictator himself, Buzz Windrip (who was based on Louisiana's Huey Long); Windrip's right-hand man, Lee Sarason, who actually held most of the power; Bishop Prang, a religious radio personality (who was based on Father Coughlin) with immense influence.