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The Plot Against America
The Plot Against America
Author: Philip Roth
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 N...  more
ISBN-13: 9780618509287
ISBN-10: 0618509283
Publication Date: 9/2004
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 164 ratings
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 13
This book has a brilliant premise. What if FDR was not elected to an unprecedented third term? What if the President elect was Charles Lindbergh, an overwhelmingly popular figure, who was also an isolationist and admirer of Hitler?
The book has an overwhelming feeling of oppression and doom, which is undoubtedly the author's intention. The story is not told from a broad prospective, but from the eyes of a nine year old Philip Roth", the authors potential other self. This device gives one a view of history not from a world wide story, but rather from the way history can impact a very small part of the world.
Many parallels can be drawn between this alternate' history, and much of what has happened with the past 2 Presidential elections, with the division between Red & Blue states. Clearly using the divisions of pre WW II and the divisions going on today was one of the authors' intentions. A provocative view of what if, that is an eye opening parable for people who shake many things off, saying it could never happen here.
The ending of the book at times felt rushed, and an absolution of certain of the power players in the story, however I recommend this book very highly.
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Helpful Score: 10
Read this book for class, but am sooo glad I did. Until the ending, the writing was fast-paced, breathtaking, frightening, and entangling. Living in a very Jewish area, the premise was intensely horrifying, and although the end was an epic disappointment, the middle more than makes up for it.
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Helpful Score: 9
Appeals to a wider audience than the traditional Roth readers. Interesting what-if historical fiction. It led to stimulating and interesting discussions --- about Philip Roth, Lindbergh, Winchell, the era, anti-Semitism, and more --- in my book discussion group.
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Helpful Score: 5
The book drew me in right away. There was a point about 3/4 of the way through where it seemed a bit contrived, but I forgave Roth because I could not stop talking about the premise. The underlying facts were well-researched, and the alternate political reality was believable enough to be scarier than anything by Stephen King.
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Helpful Score: 4
Intriguing premise of what the US would have been like had Lindburgh been elected president in 1940. The reader has to get past thinking of the actual historical events and read the book like the work of fiction it is. Excellant read.
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Phillip Roth took on the subject of Nazi sympathizers in America and deserves a great amount of credit. Sadly, it is not written as well as The Human Stain, American Pastoral or Goodbye Columbus.
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Read it, liked it, recommend it to others. This Roth book is a fast paced book of alternative history that lets others see what could have happened to America if Hitler had become influential in our government. The story is told by a young Jewish boy incorporating his day to day life in a close nit Jewish family living in his neighborhood in the early 1940's with the approach of a world war looming above all things important to him.