The Plot Against America

Roth, Philip

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Plot Against America
When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh, in a nationwide radio address, publicly blamed the Jews for selfishly pushing America toward a pointless war with Nazi Germany, but upon taking office as the thirty-third president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial #147;understanding" with Adolf Hitler, whose conquest of Europe and virulent anti-Semitic policies he appeared to accept without difficulty. What then followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new book by Pulitzer Prize#150;winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family #151; and for a million such families all over the country #151; during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004
ISBN: 0618509283
Branch Call Number: FICTION ROTH
Characteristics: 391 p. ;,24 cm


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This is a fascinating alternate history that takes a hard look at one of America’s legendary heroes, Charles Lindbergh, and at how bigotry and fear can shape politics.

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Feb 08, 2015
  • jackcurtis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting parallels between what might have happened under Lindburg & what DID happen under Roosevelt.

Apr 24, 2013
  • wwojulia rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

At times I couldn't tell where this book was going and kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. Despite that feeling, I enjoyed the sidewinding nature of the descriptions of life of the main character. After finishing the book, I realized I'm thinking about it more now than I did when it was in my hands. It left me with a lingering eerie feeling, which is a good thing.

Apr 03, 2012
  • Stevenarntson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I mentioned this book as part of an ongoing review series called "Literary Counterparts."


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