Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America"

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Philip Roth is an award-winning American writer. He is also one of the most pre-eminent writers of the Jewish-American experience. His books, "Portnoy's Complaint," "American Pastoral" and "The Human Stain" among them, paint an intricate, expansive, and generous picture of late 20th-century America.

In his new novel, "The Plot Against America," Roth relives his own childhood in Newark, New Jersey in a world that never existed. The young Philip Roth grows up in an imaginary America where Charles Lindbergh is president, America has signed non-aggression pacts with Germany and Japan, fascism lurks everywhere, and virulent anti-Semitism rises up against American-Jews. "Fear presides over these memories, a perpetual fear," says Roth as both the author and the young boy.

Tune in to hear American master Philip Roth talk about his new book that throws a commanding look at the question: "What if it happened here?"


Philip Roth, author of the new novel, "The Plot Against America"

This program aired on December 3, 2004.


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