The Plot Against America

The Plot Against America

Book - 2004
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"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 whose virulent anti-Semitic policies he appeared to accept without difficulty. What 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." --Dust cover flap.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2004.
ISBN: 9780618509287
0618509283
9781400079490
Call Number: ROTH
Characteristics: 391 p. ; 24 cm
Subjects: Lindbergh, Charles A. 1902-1974 -- Fiction.
Presidents -- United States -- Fiction.
Presidents -- Election -- Fiction.
Jews -- United States -- Fiction.
Jewish families -- Fiction.
Antisemitism -- Fiction.
Newark (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.

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pifco
Nov 13, 2018

Having read this 10 years ago; nothing much to add to the other reviews other my long-held feeling that this Philip Roth novel should have been made into a film by now. There is another Roth, an Oscar-winning screenwriter whose forté in adaptations from literature might create a compelling screenplay. Perhaps too touchy subject for America and certainly no hope of such a project in 2018.

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Truffalo
Jun 27, 2018

A highly imaginative, fiction of the idea that past is prologue. Some readers may dislike Roth's stream of consciousness style, but those that persevere should be rewarded with a better understanding of the struggle of an important minority group in American culture from the beginning of the twentieth century.

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eappelbaum
Jun 15, 2018

I admire the book. It is frightening, especially in the age of Trump. It also has funny moments, like the scary basement. I am a little younger than the narrator, but the world of my childhood was similar: children played outside, everybody listened to the radio, no TV.

Touching description of cousin Alvin, with an amputated leg. One of the reviews mentioned the gruesome stump is a symbol of war.

Although Roth is frequently misogynistic, here he shows a strong, capable woman: Phillip's mother. She handled the crisis with Seldon with dignity and courage.

P. 184 of the hardback describes Lindbergh's reputation as "a no-nonsense realist and plain-talking man of the people." Trump's admirers see him that way, too.

Here are three articles from the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/03/books/review/the-plot-against-america.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/books/philip-roth-plot-against-america.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/23/nyregion/philip-roth-newark.html

This website has good questions for readers: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/158040/the-plot-against-america-by-philip-roth/9781400079490/readers-guide/

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1inthemix
Mar 25, 2017

Allegories to the Bush Administration were used when this book was written. A quaint accusation compared to the current president.
I came back to this book when Trump was elected and am horrified at the similarities between a fictional Lindbergh administration and the Trump abomination we're now living.
Substitute Russia for Germany and I defy anyone not see Trump and Pence as the fascists wrapped in religion and cloaked around the American flag.
This book is prescient in the birth of Trump the President and how quickly the slippery slope turns into a dictatorship. A truly terrifying book.

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jackcurtis
Feb 08, 2015

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

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wwojulia
Apr 24, 2013

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.

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Stevenarntson
Apr 03, 2012

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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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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