The Plot Against America

Philip Roth's bestselling alternate history—the chilling story of what happens to one family when America elects a charismatic, isolationist president—is soon to be an HBO limited series.

Author: Philip Roth

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547345313

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Philip Roth's bestselling alternate history—the chilling story of what happens to one family when America elects a charismatic, isolationist president—is soon to be an HBO limited series. In an extraordinary feat of narrative invention, Philip Roth imagines an alternate history where Franklin D. Roosevelt loses the 1940 presidential election to heroic aviator and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh. Shortly thereafter, Lindbergh negotiates a cordial “understanding” with Adolf Hitler, while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism. For one boy growing up in Newark, Lindbergh’s election is the first in a series of ruptures that threaten to destroy his small, safe corner of America–and with it, his mother, his father, and his older brother. "A terrific political novel . . . Sinister, vivid, dreamlike . . . creepily plausible. . . You turn the pages, astonished and frightened.” — The New York Times Book Review

Philip Roth

American Pastoral, The Human Stain, The Plot Against America Debra Shostak.
Part. III. The. Plot. Against. America. Introduction A pleasing symmetry exists in
Roth's sequence of American novels, especially if one stretches the American ...

Author: Debra Shostak

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826422276

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 185

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The Plot Against America

preaches the rugged individualism of the eighteenth or nineteenth century is not
a liberal , but a scoundrel . He is using the ... of the human race . This is the plot
against America , the plot of demagogic politicians who in the name of liberalism

Author: David George Plotkin



Category: Fascism

Page: 394

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Philip Roth

SURVIVING THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA Alan Cooper In 2004 , three years
after the world changed , Philip Roth brought out his first post - 9 / 11 novel . It
was a jittery ...

Author: Derek Parker Royal

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275983635

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 303

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Offering fresh insight into Roth's works, this volume covers the entire oeuvre to date and addresses common themes and issues.

A Political Companion to Philip Roth

Studies in American Jewish Literature 23 (2004): 104–21. Geraci, Ginevra. “The
Sense of an Ending: Alternative History in Philip Roth's The Plot Against America.
” Philip Roth Studies 7, no. 2 (2011): 187–204. Gordon, Andrew. “The Critique of

Author: Claudia Franziska Brühwiler

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813169305

Category: Political Science

Page: 298

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Philip Roth is widely acknowledged as one of the twentieth century's most prolific and acclaimed writers. Roth's first novel, Goodbye, Columbus (1959), received the National Book Award, and he followed this stunning debut with more than thirty books -- earning another National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle awards, three PEN/Faulkner Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize. Throughout his career, Roth delighted in controversy but often denied that he sought a role as a public intellectual. His statements and vigorous support of suppressed writers in communist Czechoslovakia, however, tell a different story. In A Political Companion to Philip Roth, established and rising scholars explore the myriad political themes in the author's work. Several of the contributors examine Roth's writings on Jewish identity, Zionism, and American attitudes toward Israel, as well as the influence of his work in other countries. Others investigate Roth's articulation of the roles of gender and sexuality in US culture. This interdisciplinary examination offers a more complete portrait of Roth as a public intellectual and cultural icon. Not only will it fill a gap in scholarship, but it will also provide a broader perspective on the nature and purpose of the acclaimed writer's political thought.

States of Trial

6 The Plot against America and the Trials of the American Constitution Philip
Roth's The Plot against America (2004), set in a fascist-leaning 1940s America
that is disturbingly strange but strangely familiar, is one of his most profound –
and ...

Author: Ann Basu

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623562430

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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This study of five towering Philip Roth novels - Operation Shylock, the American Pastoral trilogy, and The Plot Against America - explores his vision of a turbulent post-war America personified in trial-racked Jewish American men. These works collectively register the impact of post-1945 upheavals upon the nation and American trial-based myths about wholesomeness and regeneration. Roth shows how the "stories of old" which moulded American self-making have produced disorderly and disruptive counter-stories, playing themselves out in Jewish men marked by spots and stains where their constitutional integrity has been infringed. Roth probes the nation's own constitutional testing points as he shatters the identities of characters such as fallen ace athlete Swede Levov and disgraced academic Coleman Silk. His books seek to strip away America's false innocence, demanding that historical accountability should replace myths of new beginnings. Creating arenas of trial for his American men where national discourses and narratives cross and clash, Roth's novels reveal that a culture equals its debates and allow us to see Americans and America as ongoing experiments, always being tested.

Jewish Anxiety and the Novels of Philip Roth

The. Plot. Against. America. Then watch the Terror! God knows there's been
enough indication that we can have tyranny in America —Sinclair Lewis, It Can't
Happen Here (1935) The Plot Against America (2004) puts into play a traumatic ...

Author: Brett Ashley Kaplan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628925043

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Jewish Anxiety and the Novels of Philip Roth argues that Roth's novels teach us that Jewish anxiety stems not only from fear of victimization but also from fear of perpetration. It is impossible to think about Jewish victimization without thinking about the Holocaust; and it is impossible to think about the taboo question of Jewish perpetration without thinking about Israel. Roth's texts explore the Israel-Palestine question and the Holocaust with varying degrees of intensity but all his novels scrutinize perpetration and victimization through examining racism and sexism in America. Brett Ashley Kaplan uses Roth's novels as springboards to illuminate larger problems of victimization and perpetration; masculinity, femininity, and gender; racism and anti-Semitism. For if, as Kaplan argues, Jewish anxiety is not only about the fear of oppression, and we can begin to see how these anxieties function in terms of fears of perpetration, then perhaps we can begin to unpack the complicated dynamics around the line between the Holocaust and Israel-Palestine.

Contemporary American Trauma Narratives

Roth, Henry (1995), Mercy of a Rude Stream, volume 2: A Diving Rock on the
Hudson, New York: St Martin's Press. Roth, Philip (2004a), The Plot Against
America, London: Vintage. Roth, Philip (2004b), 'The Story Behind The Plot
Against ...

Author: Alan Gibbs

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748694099

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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This book looks at the way writers present the effects of trauma in their work. It explores narrative devices, such as 'metafiction', as well as events in contemporary America, including 9/11, the Iraq War, and reactions to the Bush administration.

American Literature in Context after 1929

American Pastoral, set in the late 1960s and early 1970s, remembers the first-
and second-generation Jews who ... The Plot Against America imagines the 1940
election of aeronautical pioneer and culture hero Charles Lindbergh to the ...

Author: Philip R. Yannella

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444390438

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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This book situates American literature from the Great Depression to the present day in its historical context Explores the issues that engaged American writers from 1929 to the present Draws on a range of documents from magazine and newspaper accounts to government reports and important non-fiction The book covers political ferment of the 1930s; post-World War II anti-Communism; post-War affluence; suburbanization and demographic change; juvenile delinquency, mental illness and the perception of the U.S. as a “sick” society; and post-1965 immigration Designed to be compatible with the major anthologies of literature from the period Equips students and general readers with the necessary historical context needed to understand the writings from this period and provides original and useful readings that demonstrate how context contributes to meaning Includes a historical timeline, featuring key literary works, American presidents, and historical events

Ultimate Victory Denied

A Complex and Disastrous Plot Against America Jim Kenfield.
ANOFFENSIVEMOVE? “C. aptain, the Chinese sub is making a course change”
the Navi- gation Officer said, “Looks like it is going to flank our carrier group.” “
Stay on its tail and ...

Author: Jim Kenfield

Publisher: Jim Kenfield

ISBN: 1432733583

Category: Fiction

Page: 508

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A freak accident with a Chinese shipping container at a west coast port reveals a complex and deadly plot to cripple America with nuclear devices concealed in shipping containers, all controlled by a special satellite. The American President has to handle this threat with military and diplomatic means which could plunge the world into all- out war.China claims that the plot was devised and executed by a group of renegade Chinese officers. The American President demands that the Chinese government turn over the ones responsible for the plot to face justice in American courts, but China claims that they were supposedly killed in a mysterious airplane crash while trying to flee prosecution. While an American inspection team is trying to verify the Chinese claim, the American and Chinese officers working together work out a sort of back channel solution. After the matter is settled the American Colonel goes back to his military duties, but with a new assistant and promotion; the assistant being the Chinese Captain who somehow managed to be included in the American detachment on the return trip. He is welcomed to America with a Presidential appointment to the United States Air Force Academy as a new cadet where his friend the now Brigadier General attends the welcoming ceremony for new cadets.

American Utopia and Social Engineering in Literature Social Thought and Political History

5 It Can't Happen Here or Politics, Emotions, and Philip Roth's The Plot Against
America The Most Boring Subject in The World ... I mean ... a daily awareness of
government as a coercive force Philip Roth, in “Writing and the PowersthatBe” ...

Author: Peter Swirski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136723382

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The United States today is afflicted with political alienation, militarized violence, institutionalized poverty, and social agony. Worst of all, perhaps, it is afflicted with chronic and acute ahistoricism. America insist on ignoring the context of its present dilemmas. It insists on forgetting what preceded the headlines of today and on denying continuity with history. It insists, in short, on its exceptionalism. American Utopia and Social Engineering sets out to correct this amnesia. It misses no opportunity to flesh out both the historical premises and the political promises behind the social policies and political events of the period. These interdisciplinary concerns provide, in turn, the framework for the analyses of works of American literature that mirror their times and mores. Novels considered include: B.F. Skinner and Walden Two (1948), easily the most scandalous utopia of the century, if not of all times; Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962), an anatomy of political disfranchisement American-style; Bernard Malamud’s God’s Grace (1982), a neo-Darwinian beast fable about morality in the thermonuclear age; Walker Percy’s The Thanatos Syndrome (1986), a diagnostic novel about engineering violence out of America’s streets and minds; and Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America (2004), an alternative history of homegrown ‘soft’ fascism. With the help of the five novels and the social models outlined therein, Peter Swirski interrogates key aspects of sociobiology and behavioural psychology, voting and referenda procedures, morality and altruism, multilevel selection and proverbial wisdom, violence and chip-implant technology, and the adaptive role of emotions in our private and public lives.

Literature after 9 11

—Philip Roth Philip Roth's The Plot Against America (2004) is a counterfactual
historical novel about Charles A. Lindbergh's 1940 presidential election defeat of
Franklin Roosevelt. Although this work makes no reference to September 11, ...

Author: Ann Keniston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135024669

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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Drawing on trauma theory, genre theory, political theory, and theories of postmodernity, space, and temporality, Literature After 9/11 suggests ways that these often distinct discourses can be recombined and set into dialogue with one another as it explores 9/11’s effects on literature and literature’s attempts to convey 9/11.

The Shape of Things to Come

geography not at all, so that in The Plot Against America Robert F. Kennedy is
still assassinated in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on 5
June 1968—perhaps only means that Roth, trapping himself in his own fictional
body, ...

Author: Greil Marcus

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 146680422X

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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From the author of Mystery Train and Lipstick Traces, an exhilarating and provocative investigation of the tangle of American identity "America is a place and a story, made up of exuberance and suspicion, crime and liberation, lynch mobs and escapes; its greatest testaments are made of portents and warnings, biblical allusions that lose all certainty in the American air." It is this story of self-invention and nationhood that Greil Marcus rediscovers, beginning with John Winthrop's invocation of America as a "city on the hill," Lincoln's second inaugural address, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech about his American dream. Listening to these prophetic founding statements, Marcus explores America's promise as a New Jerusalem and the nature of its covenant: first with God, and then with its own citizens. In the nineteenth century, this vision of the nation's story was told in public as part of common discourse, to be fought over in plain speech and flights of gorgeous rhetoric. Since then, Marcus argues, it has become cryptic, a story told more in art than in politics. He traces it across the continent and through time, hearing the tale in the disparate voices of writers, filmmakers, performers, and actors: Philip Roth, David Lynch, David Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, Sheryl Lee, and Bill Pullman. In The Shape of Things to Come, the future and the past merge in extraordinary and uncanny ways, and Marcus proves once again that he is our most imaginative and original cultural critic.

Roth Unbound

was leaving a crowded birthday party, in December 2002, when the host stopped
me at the door and said that if I stayed ... The Plot Against America: the dangers
posed by the American Right during the thirties and early forties and the battle ...

Author: Claudia Roth Pierpont

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448189772

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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Philip Roth – one of the most renowned writers of his generation – hardly needs introduction. From his debut, Goodbye, Columbus, which won the National Book Award, to his Pulitzer Prize-winning American Pastoral, to his eternally inventive later works such as Exit Ghost and Nemesis, Roth has produced some of the greatest literature of the past hundred years. And yet there has been no major critical work about him, until now. Here, at last, is the story of Roth’s creative life. Claudia Roth Pierpont tells an engaging story even as she delves into the many complexities of Roth’s work and the controversies it has raised. This is not a biography – though it contains many biographical details – but something more rewarding: an attempt to understand a great writer through his art. Pierpont, who has known Roth for several years, peppers her gracefully written and carefully researched account with conversational details, providing insights and anecdotes previously accessible only to a very few, touching on Roth’s family, his inspirations, his critics, the full range of his fiction, and his literary friendships with such figures as Saul Bellow and John Updike. Roth Unbound is a major achievement, a fascinating and highly readable work that will set the standard for Roth scholarship for years to come.

Religion Politics and the Earth

When PhilipRoth imagined the potential of a distinctly American formof fascismin
his novel ThePlot Against America,hismodel wasneither Hitler nor Mussolinibut
was the broad swath ofwellmeaning, commonsense Americans who ...

Author: C. Crockett

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113726893X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 181

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"Following Vattimo's postmodern philosophy, Badiou's postmetaphysical ontology, and i ek's revolutionary style, the authors of this marvelous book invites us to reactivate our politics of resistance against our greatest enemy: corporate capitalism. The best solution to the ecological, energy, and financial crisis corporate capitalism has created, as Crockett Clayton and Jeffrey Robbins suggest, is a new theological materialism where Being is conceived as energy both subjectively and objectively. All my graduate students will have to read this book carefully if they want to become philosophers." - Santiago Zabala, ICREA Research Professor at the University of Barcelona "This is a book of an extraordinary timeliness, written in an accessible and strikingly informative way. It is excellently poised to become a synthetic and agenda setting statement about the implications of a new materialism for the founding of a new radical theology, a new kind of spirituality. I consider this therefore quite a remarkable book which will be influential in ongoing discussions of psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, and theology. Moreover, it will be, quite simply, the best book about spirituality and the new materialism on the market today. While all of the work of the new materialists engage at one level or another the question of a new spirituality, I do not think there is anything comparable in significance to what Crockett and Robbins have provided here." - Ward Blanton, University of Kent "This book will perhaps be most appreciated by the reader with an intuitive cast of mind, able to recognize the force of an argument in its imaginative suggestiveness . . . New Materialism is about energy transformation, we are told, energy which cannot be reduced to matter because it resonates with spirit and life . . . Yet the book strikes a fundamental note of hard reality: 'if we want our civilization to live on earth a little longer we will have to recognize our coexistence with and in earth'." - Christian Ecology Link

First of the Year 2009

... happen here, which means considering some other ironies attending the first
critical responses to The Plot Against America. A novel in which a de facto Zionist
worldview is identical to prudence—the Jews are nowhere as safe as they may ...

Author: DeMott, Benj

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412823668

Category: African Americans

Page: 307

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Grand Deceptions

As Gerhard turned his weapon and his attention back toward the three, without
warning Albert Roehm fired a single shot. ... Please understand that Helmut
Ruger and I were sent to prevent a Hitler plot against America. And Hedda
Remagen is ...

Author: A. L. Provost

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 146533114X

Category: Fiction

Page: 376

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In 1933, shortly after assuming the office of president, Franklin D. Roosevelt became convinced that, Adolf Hitler would have to be got rid of if there was to be any assured peace in Europe. Upon being informed of Roosevelts veiled threat, on July 17, 1934 Hitler met with Reichsfuhrer SS Heinrich Himmler. Together they hatched a bold plot to assassinate the American president. The audacious venture would come to an end on the rain-swept deck of German Navy submarine U-575 off the coast of North Carolina shortly after midnight on November 13, 1935. This is the story of the fearless Nazi assassin charged with leading this secret mission, and the brave German-American woman who stood in his way.

God Bless America

85 Philip Roth captures this feeling of the country on a precipice in his novel The
Plot Against America, which imagines the United States tilting toward increasing
anti-Semitism and Nazism when the isolationist war hero Charles Lindbergh ...

Author: Sheryl Kaskowitz

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0199919771

Category: Music

Page: 240

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The song 'God Bless America' has come to inhabit our collective consciousness. This book tells the fascinating story behind the song, from its composition in 1918 by Irving Berlin, to its first performance by Kate Smith in 1938, to its post 9/11 popularity.


He has twice won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the
National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2005 The Plot Against America received
the Society of American Historians' prize for “the outstanding historical novel on
an ...

Author: Philip Roth

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547344945

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Philip Roth's new novel is a candidly intimate yet universal story of loss, regret, and stoicism. The best-selling author of The Plot Against America now turns his attention from "one family's harrowing encounter with history" (New York Times) to one man's lifelong skirmish with mortality. The fate of Roth's everyman is traced from his first shocking confrontation with death on the idyllic beaches of his childhood summers, through the family trials and professional achievements of his vigorous adulthood, and into his old age, when he is rended by observing the deterioration of his contemporaries and stalked by his own physical woes. A successful commercial artist with a New York ad agency, he is the father of two sons from a first marriage who despise him and a daughter from a second marriage who adores him. He is the beloved brother of a good man whose physical well-being comes to arouse his bitter envy, and he is the lonely ex-husband of three very different women with whom he's made a mess of marriage. In the end he is a man who has become what he does not want to be. The terrain of this powerful novel -- Roth's twenty-seventh book and the fifth to be published in the twenty-first century -- is the human body. Its subject is the common experience that terrifies us all. Everyman takes its title from an anonymous fifteenth-century allegorical play, a classic of early English drama, whose theme is the summoning of the living to death.

The Plot Against Pepys

Scott's father died while the boy was very young and his miserably poor mother
took her son by the hand and sailed to America to make a new life. They had
nothing, but the American colonies, clinging to the edge of a vast and
unconquered ...

Author: Ben Long

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571290981

Category: History

Page: 336

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It is 1679 and England is awash with suspicion. Fear of conspiracy and religious terrorism has provoked panic in politicians and a zealous reaction from the legal system. Everywhere - or so it is feared - Catholic agents are plotting to overthrow the king. Now Samuel Pepys, Secretary of the Admiralty, finds himself in a position few people then or now would have expected - charged with treason. Imprisoned in the Tower of London and abandoned by the embattled king, Pepys knows that time is running out before his show trial and execution. So, with customary brilliance, he sets to work investigating his mysterious accuser, Colonel John Scott, and uncovers a life riddled with ambition, forgery, treason and - ultimately - murder. Using rare access to Pepys' own account of the affair, James Long and Ben Long brilliantly evoke a turbulent period in England's history - and tell the forgotten story of the two most dangerous years in the life of the legendary diarist.