The Plot Against America unfolds in a world much like our own. What follows is an alternate history penned in the same vein as Philip K. Lindbergh against incumbent Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the presidential election. He gets them to relinquish not only power, but some of the most essential bulwarks of self-governance. While the Roth family, renamed the Levins in the HBO show, and many of the characters mentioned in The Plot Against America are based on real people, much of the narrative is entirely contrived. La Guardia , industrialist and avowed anti-Semite Henry Ford, and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop —in roles ranging from key players to cameo appearances.
A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Philip Roth is a child during the events of the book, and recounts the events that overtook his family during the rise of American fascism under the Lindbergh administration. Philip Roth is also the author of the novel, and his fictional counterpart is raised in Newark, in the same neighborhood as was the real-life Roth. He runs on a promise of keeping America out of the European war, and portrays Roosevelt as a warmonger. Initially, the Roths experience only a mild unease during the new Lindbergh administration. But soon they will feel less welcome; during a tour of Washington DC, their hotel room is given away because they are Jews.
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Roosevelt in the presidential election and encourages anti-Semitic attitudes throughout the country. He was a decorated U. In , the year-old Air Mail pilot from Detroit rose to fame, literally, when he flew the first nonstop solo trans-Atlantic flight. Lindbergh was trying to win the Orteig Prize, which was being offered by the American hotelier Raymond Ortieg to whoever could complete the first nonstop flight from New York to Paris. A statue of his likeness was erected in Maryland — ironically by a Jewish sculptor, Louis Rosenthal.
Roosevelt but in a victory for a Republican ticket headed by Charles A. The Book Review asked Roth to write an essay about his new book and how he came to write it. IN December of , I was reading the bound proofs of Arthur Schlesinger's autobiography and found myself especially interested in his description of the events of the late 's and early 's as they impinged on his life as a young man traveling in Europe and then back in Cambridge, Mass.