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The Plot against America by Philip Roth
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The Plot against America

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Narrator Ron Silver
Length 13 hours 23 minutes
Language English
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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.

Philip Roth (1933–2018) was one of the most decorated writers in American history, having won the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, the PEN/Faulkner Award three times, the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and many more. He also won the Ambassador Book Award of the English-Speaking Union and in the same year received the National Medal of Arts at the White House. In 2001 he received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, given every six years “for the entire work of the recipient.”

In the 1990s, Philip Roth published five major works: Patrimony (1991) won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Operation Shylock (1993) won the PEN/Faulkner Award; Sabbath's Theater (1995) won the National Book Award; American Pastoral (1997) won the Pulitzer Prize; and I Married a Communist (1998) won the Ambassador Book Award of the English-Speaking Union.  In 1998, he was a White House recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

About the reader:

Ron Silver, a Tony award-winning stage actor, has starred in numerous films including Reversal of Fortune, and Enemies: A Love Story, as well as the television series Wiseguy.  He was a founder of The Creative Coalition, and President of Actors' Equity Association.

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Reviews

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“Ambitious and chilling.”

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

“A fabulous yarn.”

“A remarkable act of historical imagination.”

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.”

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

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

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

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

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

"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.”

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

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