The Plot Against America

Written by Philip Roth
Review by Rosemary Edghill

This alternate history takes the premise that Charles A. Lindbergh defeats Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election, and quickly implements a series of anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi policies. While filled with a wealth of period detail, and populated by a number of actual historical figures, the story itself is rambling and fails to make its fictional viewpoint characters – a middle-class New Jersey Jewish family – come alive. Includes chronology and biographies of actual historical persons and events.