Beth Am Reads: "The Plot Against America" by Philip Roth | Congregation Beth Am

Beth Am Reads: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

Discussion Led by Cantor Jaime Shpall and Beth Am Member Jeremy Weinstein, Phd

Join Cantor Jaime Shpall and Beth Am member Jeremy Weinstein, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University, for a discussion of The Plot Against America by Philip Roth, an astonishing feat of empathy and narrative invention.

In The Plot Against America, Philip Roth imagines an alternate version of American history. In 1940, Charles A. Lindbergh, heroic aviator and rabid isolationist, is elected President. Shortly thereafter, he 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.

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