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It Can't Happen Here
It Can't Happen Here is a satirical political novel by Sinclair Lewis, published in 1935. It features newspaperman Doremus Jessup struggling against the fascist regime of President Buzz Windrip. It serves as a warning that political movements akin to Nazism can come to power in countries such as the United States when people blindly support their leaders.
Inspired by the book, director–producer Kenneth Johnson wrote an adaptation titled Storm Warnings, in 1982. The script was presented to NBC, for production as a television mini-series, but the NBC executives rejected the inital version, claiming it was too 'cerebral' for the average American viewer. To make the script more marketable, the American fascists were re-cast as anthropophage aliens, taking the story into the realm of science fiction. The new, re-cast story was the mini-series V, which premiered on May 3 1983.
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