The Plot Against America

The Plot Against America

Audiobook CD - 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 virulent anti-Semitic policies he appeared to accept without difficulty.
What followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new book by the 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.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Houghton Mifflin Audio, p2004
ISBN: 9780618509294
Branch Call Number: SCD FICTION Roth
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Silver, Ron 1946-2009


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notTom Dec 16, 2010

In this alternative history novel, ardent Nazi sympathizer Charles A. Lindbergh defeats Franklin Roosevelt in the presidential election of 1940. He then establishes what he calls a "cordial agreement with Adolf Hitler" to keep America out of the war and not to interfere with Nazi Germany's designs for the rest of the world. This announcement injects fear into the Jewish population of America and into one family in particular, causing them to wonder if they themselves will be inescapably persecuted in their own country that has up to now been committed to freedom.

The reader may feel distinct echoes of 9/11 as Philip Roth tackles the emotion of fear in this novel; he explores the uncertainty with which one views the world when the rug of peaceful reality has been yanked out from under their feet. He also examines the question of how far racism could go in America, if left unchecked.

The audiobook is read by actor Ron Silver, who terrifically breathes life into the thoughts and emotions of all the characters.


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