The Plot Against America

The Plot Against America

Large Print - 2005
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Roth creates a mesmerizing alternate world as well, in which Charles A. Lindbergh defeats FDR in the 1940 presidential election, and Philip, his parents and his brother weather the storm in Newark, N.J. Incorporating Lindbergh's actual radio address in which he accused the British and the Jews of trying to force America into a foreign war, Roth builds an eerily logical narrative that shows how isolationists in and out of government, emboldened by Lindbergh's blatant anti-Semitism (he invites von Rippentrop to the White House, etc.), enact new laws and create an atmosphere of religious hatred that culminates in nationwide pogroms.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2005
Edition: LARGE PRINT ED
ISBN: 9780786271696
0786271698
Characteristics: 723 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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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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