The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

The Plot Against America is a novel by Philip Roth published in 2004. It is an alternate history in which Franklin Delano Roosevelt is defeated in the presidential election of 1940 by Charles Lindbergh. The novel follows the fortunes of the Roth family during the Lindbergh presidency, as antisemitism becomes more accepted in American life and Jewish-American families like the Roths are persecuted on various levels. The narrator and central character in the novel is the young Philip, and the care with which his confusion and terror are rendered makes the novel as much about the mysteries of growing up as about American politics. Roth based his novel on the isolationist ideas espoused by Lindbergh in real life as a spokesman for the America First Committee and his own experiences growing up in Newark, New Jersey. The novel depicts the Weequahic section of Newark which includes Weequahic High School from which Roth graduated.

The 859th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 6th on A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon (Vulture)
  2. - 12th on The 100 best books of the 21st century (The Guardian)
  3. - 21st on The 100 Best Books of the Decade(2000) (Times)
  4. - 50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember (The New York Public Library)
  5. - What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years? (New York Times)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
La conjura contra América / The Plot Against America (Spanish Edition) Paperback 4203447 $12.95 2018
Philip Roth: Novels 2001-2007 (LOA #236): The Dying Animal / The Plot Against America / Exit Ghost (Library of America Philip Roth Edition) Hardcover 842046 $17.98 $14.62 2013
The Plot Against America Paperback 30280 $5.62 $1.00 2005
La conjura contra América / The Plot Against America (Literatura) (Spanish Edition) Hardcover 3538890 $191.00 $22.00 2005
La Conjura Contra America / The Plot Against America (Spanish Edition) Paperback 5775955 $36.68 $40.00 2006
The Plot Against America: A Novel Hardcover 69009 $1.03 $0.01
The Plot Against America Mass Market Paperback 1279833 $8.00 $0.02
The Plot Against America: A Novel Kindle Edition 24534 $9.99 2004
The Plot Against America: A Novel Audio CD 352588 $15.62 $8.89 2004
The Plot Against America Paperback 1517625 $8.50 $0.01 2005
La conjura contra América (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 1089733 $6.99 2011
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By Philip Roth The Plot Against America: A Novel (Unabridged) [Audio CD] Audio CD 1083568 $43.99 $24.54 2004