Philip Roth Rewrites History

I just read the first chapter of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, available in a feature at NPR, and it is now at the top of my wishlist. I’ve read several other Roth novels, all of them revolving around his alter ego Nathan Zuckerman. This time Roth portrays his entire family against a horrible history gone awry: Franklin Delano Roosevelt loses the 1940 presidential election to an isolationist, anti-Semitic Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh signs non-aggression pacts with Germany and Japan, and enacts new anti-Semitic laws that eventually lead to pogroms in the Midwest. Sounds like a doozy. If only the library on Guam actually bought new books…

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  1. Anonymous

    yep, i’m looking forward to reading this one, as well. perhaps you’ll find a copy here in nz next month…i’ve read bits of the first chap. makes me want to look through his earlier work.

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