The Plot Against America is an "alternate" history of mid-20th century America. Roth begins with the premise that Charles Lindbergh, a known, or at least suspected anti-semite (and there is historical proof for this), receives the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1940 and goes on to defeat FDR on an anti-war platform. Lindbergh's victory sends Jewish-Americans, and in particular the Roth family of Newark, New Jersey, into crisis. Eight-year-old Philip Roth narrates his family's attempts to deal with a growing anti-semitic climate. TPAA speaks volumes about today's political environment, whether Roth intended that or not, but it also speaks to the experience of the "other" in American society. In short, it is brilliant, and one of my favorite books of the last few years.