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The Plot Against America

Roth, Philip

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Plot Against America
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Houghton
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 ?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?winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family ? and for a million such families all over the country ? during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst.


Baker & Taylor
In a novel of alternative history, aviation hero and isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeats Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election, negotiating a cordial accord with Adolf Hitler, accepting his conquest of Europe and anti-Semitic policies, and igniting a storm of fear for Jewish families throughout America. 150,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

In a novel of alternative history, aviation hero Charles A. Lindbergh defeats Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election, negotiating an accord with Adolf Hitler and accepting his conquest of Europe and anti-Semitic policies.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2004
ISBN: 0618509283
Branch Call Number: FIC R
Characteristics: 391 p. ; 24 cm.

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"History is a very sudden thing," writes Roth. The varied responses of ordinary people are portrayed in this fictional account of fascism in America.

The varied responses of ordinary people are portrayed in this fictional account of fascism in America.


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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."

http://www.stevenarntson.com/2012/04/literary-counterparts-doubleroth.html

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