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A new edition of Philip Roth's speculative history of an America - and its President - under the spell of Fascism

‘Though on the morning after the election disbelief prevailed, especially among the pollsters, by the next everybody seemed to understand everything…’

When celebrity aviator, Charles A. Lindbergh, wins the 1940 presidential election on the slogan of ‘America First’, fear invades every Jewish household. Not only has Lindbergh blamed the Jews for pushing America towards war with Germany, he has negotiated an 'understanding' with the Nazis promising peace between the two nations.

Growing up in the ‘ghetto’ of Newark, Philip Roth recounts his childhood caught in the stranglehold of this counterfactual nightmare. As America sinks into its own dark metamorphosis and Jewish families are torn apart, fear and uncertainty spread.

Who really is President Lindbergh?

And to what end has he hijacked America?

Reviews

In his 2004 novel, The Plot Against America, Roth precisely described the sinister and chilling nightmare in which the United States now finds itself… America has not read enough of Philip Roth

Bernard-Henri Lévy, New Statesman

A dark, humane masterpiece, Roth is at the peak of his powers

The Times

Another frighteningly intense performance

Sunday Telegraph

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

Guardian

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

Observer

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

Many passages in The Plot Against America echo feelings voiced today by vulnerable Americans – immigrants and minorities as alarmed by Trump’s election as the Jews of Newark are frightened by Lindbergh’s

New Yorker

Dazzling. The most exciting novelist writing today

Independent on Sunday

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

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

A reverberating celebration of family, community and humanity

Sunday Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781529110814

    November 15, 2018

    Vintage

    400 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099478560

    November 1, 2015

    Vintage

    400 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    • Dymocks
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    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile
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  • EBook

    9781446400647

    January 4, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    400 pages

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