The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth
I’m not generally a big fan of Phillip Roth, but I’ve gotta tell you. His novel The Plot Against America (2004) is the most prescient piece of literature I’ve read since 1984. Roth nails, absolutely nails what is going on in this country during the Trump campaign for President.
Here’s the premise. Heroic aviator Charles Lindbergh beats Franklin Delano Roosevelt for President in 1940 by running on an anti-Semitic platform, promising not to get involved with WWII. He is cozy with Hitler and his crowd. There are rabbinical sell-outs, over-protective neighbors, and a young Jewish kid trying to figure it all out.
To read this book now, now! as in right now, is to be bedazzled by the parallels with the present presidential campaign. It’s also a page-turner, funny in parts, and compelling in its own right. I recommend that you get it immediately. It’s resonance with our daily reality will blow your mind.
By the way, I’ve read it as an audio-book in the car – and it worked well.