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The Plot Against America
Narrated by Ron Silver
A Novel by Philip Roth
ESL English Listening :: Adult Literacy

Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America" suggests that perhaps U.S. society is one election surprise away from fascism.

Roth imagines a United States in the 1940s in which Charles Lindbergh beats Franklin Roosevelt for President of the United States. U.S. isolation grows stronger after it signs a non-aggression pact with Germany and Japan. Britain grows weaker, and Lindbergh's cabinet and the Republican congress enact a series of anti-semitic laws affecting America's Jewish community.

The Roth family, enjoying the rising working class/middle class fruits of life in mid-20th century America suddenly sees its world ripped apart. The Roth family is, as is most of their Jewish neighbors, horrified at Lindbergh's election and fearful of what lies ahead. Unfortunately, their fears are well founded.

Philip Roth is a Pulitzer Prize winning America writer. His body of work includes the novella "Goodbye Columbus" which is also posted on this website.

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