The Plot Against America

The Plot Against America

Audiobook CD - 2004
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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: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2004
ISBN: 1419318934
Branch Call Number: CD FIC ROT
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13.5 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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