Plot against America
Philip Roth

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Narrated By: Ron Silver

Duration: 13 hours and 23 minutes

What to expect

In an astonishing feat of empathy and narrative invention, our most ambitious novelist imagines an alternate version of American history.

In 1940 Charles A. Lindbergh, heroic aviator and rabid isolationist, is elected president. Shortly thereafter, he 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.

Genre

Fiction: general and literary, Alternative history fiction

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“When we’re ten pages into the book, our own world starts to seem like a flimsy fantasy.”

Time

“A remarkable act of historical imagination.”

People

Plot is too tough-minded to deliver simple hope, but it’s openhearted enough to build an inspiring portrait of a family struggling to survive the days of perpetual fear. Their love is the real America, and no s—hole president will ever take that from us.”

Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)

“It’s not a prophecy; it’s a nightmare, and it becomes more nightmarish—and also funnier and more bizarre—as is goes along.”

New Yorker

“Provocative…An intimate glimpse of one family’s harrowing encounter with history.”

New York Times

“Ambitious and chilling.”

USA Today

“A terrific political novel…You turn the pages, astonished and frightened.”

New York Times Book Review

“It depicts the United States slipping towards fascism and the demonization of minority citizens.”

Washington Post

“Enraging and discomfiting, imaginative and utterly—terrifyingly—believable.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“A novel that you must read—now…A stunning work.”

Christian Science Monitor

“It’s startling how allegorical it is to our current political moment.”

NPR

“A fabulous yarn.”

Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The Plot Against America is not necessarily a comforting read but it is an immersive one that will take you to another America, at least for a few hours.”

BuzzFeed

“The overall effect of the novel is staggering. Roth has constructed a brilliantly telling and disturbing historical prism by which to refract the American psyche as it pertains to war.”

Booklist (starred review)

“A sumptuous interweaving of narrative, characterization, speculation, and argument…An almost unbelievably rich book.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“In this stunning novel, [Roth] creates a mesmerizing alternate world.”

Publishers Weekly

“The author wonderfully balances politics and a boy’s view of a seemingly idyllic America shattered by forces he cannot truly understand.”