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When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh publicly blamed the Jews for pushing America towards a pointless war with Nazi Germany, but, upon taking office as the 33rd president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial 'understanding' with Adolf Hitler.

What then followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new novel by Pulitzer-prize winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst.

Reviews

Magnificent. Roth is writing the best books of his life. He captures better than anyone the collision of public and private, the intrusion of history into the skin, the pores of every individual alive

Guardian

Subtle, persuasive and unsettling. A brilliantly troubling and heartening novel

Sunday Times

Dazzling. The most exciting novelist writing today

Independent on Sunday

Untouchable...he is bequeathing us a body of work that adds up to themost accomplished dissection of American political, social and personal mores

Observer

The novel is full of his usual furious cackling; tragedy tipping into comedy and comedy into tragedy within the space of a few sentences. The prose is beautiful

Mail on Sunday

The word genius doesn't seem excessive...utterly plausible. The Plot Against America creates its reality magisterially, in long, fluid sentences that carry you beyond scepticism

Guardian

A sensation

Sunday Times

A polemical classic

Esquire

Brilliant

Metro

One of the best writers of dialogue in the history of inverted commas

The Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784703097

    August 29, 2016

    Vintage Classics

    400 pages

    RRP $15.99

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The Dying Animal
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The Human Stain
I Married a Communist
American Pastoral
Sabbath's Theater
The Professor Of Desire
The Prague Orgy

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