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  • Published: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446400647
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

The Plot Against America

The startling bestseller by Pulitzer Prize-winner Philip Roth.

When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide inthe1940 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 thehistorical 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.

  • Pub date: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446400647
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the Author

Philip Roth

Philip Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey on 19 March 1933. The second child of second-generation Americans, Bess and Herman Roth, Roth grew up in the largely Jewish community of Weequahic, a neighbourhood he was to return to time and again in his writing. After graduating from Weequahic High School in 1950, he attended Bucknell University, Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago, where he received a scholarship to complete his M.A. in English Literature.

In 1959, Roth published Goodbye, Columbus – a collection of stories, and a novella – for which he received the National Book Award. Ten years later, the publication of his fourth novel, Portnoy’s Complaint, brought Roth both critical and commercial success, firmly securing his reputation as one of America’s finest young writers. Roth was the author of thirty-one books, including those that were to follow the fortunes of Nathan Zuckerman, and a fictional narrator named Philip Roth, through which he explored and gave voice to the complexities of the American experience in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.

Roth’s lasting contribution to literature was widely recognised throughout his lifetime, both in the US and abroad. Among other commendations he was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the International Man Booker Prize, twice the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, and presented with the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal by Presidents Clinton and Obama, respectively.

Philip Roth died on 22 May 2018 at the age of eighty-five having retired from writing six years previously.

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Praise for The Plot Against America

“'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 ”

“'Untouchable...he is bequeathing us a body of work that adds up to themost accomplished dissection of American political, social and personalmores' Observer ”

“'Magnificent. Roth is writing the best books of his life. He capturesbetter than anyone the collision of public and private, the intrusionof history into the skin, the pores of every individual alive' Guardian ”

“'Subtle, persuasive and unsettling. A masterly summation of earlierpreoccupations. Autobiographical immediacy gives his fictitious reignof terror gritty actuality. Roth pays warm tribute to maternalfortitude as well as paternal strength in the face of threat. Abrilliantly troubling and heartening novel' Sunday Times ”

“'The novel is full of his usual furious cackling; tragedy tipping intocomedy and comedy into tragedy within the space of a few sentences. Theprose is beautiful' Mail on Sunday ”

“'A polemical classic' Esquire ”

“'Dazzling. The most exciting novelist writing today' Independent on Sunday ”

“'Brilliant' Metro ”

“'One of the best writers of dialogue in the history of inverted commas' Times”

“'a reverberating celebration of family, community and humanity'”

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