The Plot Against America

The Plot Against America

Book - 2004
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Never more relevant than now, this national bestseller will challenge all who believe that "it can't happen here."
 
 "A terrific political novel . . . Sinister, vivid, dreamlike . . . creepily plausible. . . You turn the pages, astonished and frightened." -- The New York Times Book Review
 
In an extraordinary feat of narrative invention, Philip Roth imagines an alternate history where Franklin D. Roosevelt loses the 1940 presidential election to heroic aviator and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh. Shortly thereafter, Lindbergh negotiates a cordial "understanding" with Adolf Hitler, while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism.
 
For one boy growing up in Newark, Lindbergh's election is the first in a series of ruptures that threaten to destroy his small, safe corner of America-and with it, his mother, his father, and his older brother.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c2004
ISBN: 9781400079490
9780618509287
0618509283
Branch Call Number: YA FIC
FIC
Characteristics: 391 p. ; 23 cm

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This is an alternative history about the 1940 US presidential election where aviation hero Charles Lindbergh defeats Franklin Roosevelt, negotiates an agreement with Adolf Hitler and supports a national anti-Semitism program.

Upside-down: alternative history. These stories hinge on the what-if's at historical crossroads.


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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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