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July 17th: The Plot Against America, Philip Roth.

I must admit, it was a review article in the New Yorker that convinced me to pick this Philip Roth’s book. It is a masterwork of counterfactual history, a what-if story in which Charles Lindbergh, the aviation hero and Nazi sympathizer, is elected President in 1940, leading to the widespread persecution of Jews in the United States. Roth focuses on one family to tell this story and the reader watches as each member choses to “survive” in different ways. For some background on Philip Roth, watch PBS American Masters Program https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/politics-international-relations/international-relations-and-international-organisations/international-migration-evolving-trends-early-twentieth-century-present. Jacki Katzman will lead the discussion.