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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.

    ©2004 Philip Roth (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Very Disappointing!

    This drawn-out novel is based on the premise of a far-right Charles Lindbergh winning the 1940 election against FDR and signing the following year non-aggression “understandings” with Adolf Hitler as well as with Japan.

    Some may think that the author took the easy road by focusing the impact of such events on a Jewish 8-year-old from New Jersey. Indeed, some may go as far as considering the author a victim of navel-gazing as he gives the boy both his own first and last names. Clearly, the impact of such a presidency would be far wider ranging and notably touch African Americans, who are practically never mentioned in the book.

    Some may also find issues with the way the novel is written. It is set in the first person but there are in fact three personae acting as narrators, more or less alternately. The first is the child himself, who communicates well his ingenuousness at the events and his naïve prejudices towards non-Jews in general and Catholics in particular. The second is no doubt an adult who describes the complex political context as it unfolds. The third is also an adult but is aware of the future, referring for instance to Robert Kennedy’s assassination. In the audio version, there are no markers from one narrator to the other and things get quite confusing for the listener.

    Also, many characters not only evolve, they downright change personality without notice. This is the case for Sandy, who goes from shy artist to propagandist to seducer, for the main character, who shifts from meek boy to repeat runaway, for their father, etc. Many may consider that this serves the story more than it follows a well-structured pre-established narrative plan.

    In addition, whereas the family’s plight concludes in open-ended fashion, the dénouement to the political events involves international blackmail over more than a decade and is way beyond the realm of plausibility.

    Though the author may have been thinking of George W. Bush’s election when the novel was written in 2004, the 2016 campaign has shown that the US voting process may at times lead to even more startling results. Sadly, however, the novel’s premise of major political upheaval in the United States is not enough to make it worthwhile and it is thus difficult to recommend it to anyone.

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    • Kaui
    • 09/05/2017

    What if FDR hadn't been re-elected?

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    Philip Roth is one of my favorite authors. Interested in the human condition, the Jewish-American condition, and the male condition, his books each offer a unique exploration into a compelling topic with universal themes.

    The genius about this book in particular is how Roth examines the issue of America "selling out" to Hitler from many plausible yet conflicting viewpoints. From the indignant father to the quietly prideful mother, to the damaged orphan nephew to the lonely aunt to the ever curious boy, anti-semitic events are presented, described, experienced and analyzed with clearly developed voices that reach out from the 1940's to touch our hearts today, in the age of Internet-based news and every changing political grounds.

    I found this book to be very rewarding, both from a literary and a plot standpoint. The story arc progresses steadily until the last 15% of the book, where the pace increases to frenetic, confrontation leaps out on every page, and conflicting viewpoints are resolved.

    I highly recommend! And the narrator is pitch perfect with his accent. Bravo!!

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 17/05/2017

    Very intriguing Alternate Historical Fiction

    Great choice in narrator really set the scene in this WWII historical fiction about what would have happened if an anti-Semitic, nationalist president had been in office before and during the war. The book was mostly told from the perspective of a young pre-teen middle class jewish boy witnessing an ever increasingly anti-Semitic America. The author well characterizes his both rational and irrational fears, worries, concerns and understanding of the world. Well done.

    I loved the scene where his mother comforts and assists a young boy who is scared and alone, and how her motherly love shines through so caringly and touchingly in the writing.

    Near the end there were frequently more moments in the writing where the story moved from young Phillip's voice to perhaps and older version of Phillip who tells more historical information and occurrences that wrapped up the story rather quickly. This felt a bit odd, if not somewhat rushed. I wish we could have seen more of that ending through Phillip's eyes.

    Great read. Interesting parallels between the election in the book to our recent 2016 election, especially the America First rhetoric employed by both the fictional president and our new president.

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    • R. Kravitz
    • 01/02/2017

    Extraordinary

    This is a masterpiece, ranging from grand history to the intimacies of family life, from the most dire circumstance to the outrageously funny, as in the best Shakespearean history plays.

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    • Lisa
    • 28/08/2019

    A Conversation Rather than a Novel

    The Plot Against America is an alternate history autobiography, told in the easy, conversational style of a first person narrator talking about the rise of anti-Semitism after Lindbergh became president, and the effect this had on his childhood, his family, and the country. Which means that this story is told, not shown. The narrator tells his audience that rioting happened here or there, or that someone was murdered. If Roth had taken the time to show what happened in scenes rather than report it, this novel would have been a more powerful and gripping story. Overall the novel was well written and the alternate history convincing. No obvious narrative arc, other than that things were ok, start getting bad when LIndberg became president, then got worse. Ends with the typical lack of resolution favored by literary writers. This novel, published in 2004, is eerily relevant to today, given the bigotry of our current president and the rise of anti-Semitism (and hate crimes in general) happening around the country.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 04/02/2017

    Scarily realistic

    The author really made me care for the characters in this book. I'm not a history buff, but this book really made me appreciate what Jews may have been thinking during the real historu of WW2.

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    • Matthew
    • 04/08/2016

    Life is imitating Roth's art

    A country with bitter internal divisions faces a world dissolving into savage war, and a man with no political experience but a high national profile marches into the White House. His radical policies begin to transform the country in frightening ways. It was written ten years ago but reads like a thinly-disguised version of America in the summer of 2016.
    And the narration is pitch-perfect.

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    • Merlin
    • 11/03/2017

    Great premise-fine novel

    Reading this right after the election of Trump gave the book the power of apparent prescience. It's classic Roth, which means that the portrait of working class Jewish life in Newark is superbly portrayed. The premise of the novel--the election of Lindbergh to the presidency in 1940 makes for a gripping story. But I felt that the book promised more than it ultimately delivered. The last part of the story seemed rather rushed, and a bit unsatisfying. For all that, it's a fine novel.

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    • Bette J. Piacente
    • 02/02/2017

    Almost too much in the current climate

    Roth evokes the atmosphere of fear being used to manipulate Americans into hatred and loathing their neighbors. At times it was all I could do to continue listening, not because of any failure of the author's, but because it was all too plausible!

    The part where Roth's younger self it not telling the story tended to have less power to me. I understand he is trying to explain how fascism could happen in America, but that part of the seemed to be a little too precious and unbelievable.

    However, the tale as told from the child's eyes is frightening and very believable. I especially appreciated the situations showing how there are no Right options in stressful times, no matter you will be left with regrets beyond measure.

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    • Jodi Noack
    • 13/06/2020

    I found this to be very boring

    The premise sounded great but I gave up in chapter three. It was like watching grass grow and I completely lost interest or care for any of the characters.

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    • Sommers
    • 01/08/2020

    First time I returned a book on Audible

    It’s like listening to someone read their diary. There’s little development of the story. Kept listening because there were so many great reviews. I guess it’s just not for me. The concept sounded good, but the book is not. Don’t waste your time.

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