The Plot Against America
When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide inthe1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh publicly blamed the Jews for pushing America towards a pointless war with... show more
When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide inthe1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh publicly blamed the Jews for pushing America towards a pointless war with Nazi Germany, but, upon taking office as the 33rd president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial 'understanding' with Adolf Hitler. What then followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new novel by Pulitzer-prize winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst.
Publish date: October 6th 2005
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Alternate History
This was a fascinating novel - mainly due to what I see on the news every day today. I loved the alternative history and the way Roth builds up the rise to fascism and the anti-Semitic tones of the story is impressive. The characters are also nicely done, but the story itself did not have me turni...
I came to this book not out of interest in the novels of Philip Roth, but as a fan of alternate history. And this book is unlike any alternate history novel I have ever read, or am ever likely to read. In essence, it's a faux-memoir of the childhood of "Philip Roth," a Jewish kid growing up in an Am...
This book was lent to me by my sister, who vaguely recollected that I liked the odd alternative history yarn here and there and suggested I read it ASAP. However, what I don't think she'd quite grasped was that my idea of 'alternative history' is really just fantastical tales of Victorian ladies and...
I liked Roth's style, which was eminently readable; I'd even describe the novel as a page-turner. The book's premise is fascinating: an alternate history where Charles Lindbergh defeated Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940 to become president of the United States and came to an accommodation with the ...
I was hesitant to even start The Plot Against America and within the first few pages I was audibly groaning. I didn't really want to read 391 pages of alternate history where the author takes his personal political philosophy and tries to pass it off as a story. But it was Philip Roth—the Philip Rot...
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