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The Plot Against America Resources

Reading Guides

●   Discussion Questions from Houghton-Mifflin

●   Discussion Questions from Union for Reform Judaism

●   Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides (pdf)

Philip Roth on The Plot Against America

●   The Story Behind The Plot Against America by Philip Roth, New York Times, September 19, 2004

●   Katie Couric interviews Philip Roth about The Plot Against America (6 min. video)

Reviews and Articles from 2004

●   Review by James Cowley, New Statesman, October 11, 2004

●   Review by Jacob Risinger, The Oxonian Review, December 15, 2004

●   Essay by Naama Goldstein, NextBook, October 15, 2004

●   Review by Paul Berman, New York Times, October 3, 2004

●   Review by Daniel Handler, San Francisco Chronicle, October 3, 2004

●   Review by Mark Schechner, The Forward, October 1, 2004

●   Review by Ron Charles, Christian Science Monitor, September 29, 2004

●   Review by Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, September 21, 2004

●   Review by Steve Almond, Jbooks.com

The Plot Against America and the Trump Era

●   Reading Philip Roth after the Pittsburgh Massacre by Paige Williams, The New Yorker, November 12, 2018

●   The Power of a Good Book in Times of Chaos by Brian Cliff, The Irish Times, November 3, 2018

●   The Gradualism of Alarm: Reading Philip Roth, The Brian Lehrer Show (audio), WNYC, October 25, 2018

●   Philip Roth, Donald Trump, and The Plot Against America by Ezra Klein, Vox, May 28, 2018

●   Philip Roth Tried to Warn Us by Steve Almond, Cognoscenti, KBUR, May 23, 2018

●   The Frightening Lessons of The Plot Against America by Richard Brody, The New Yorker, February 1, 2017

●   Philip Roth E-mails on Trump by Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, January 30, 2017

●   America First: Reading The Plot Against America in the Age of Trump by Mark Bresnan, Los Angeles Review of Books, September 11, 2016

●   America First, for Charles Lindbergh and Donald Trump by Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, July 24, 2016

●   How Philip Roth Predicted the Rise of Donald Trump by Simone Zelitch, The Forward, July 6, 2016

Jewish Newark

●   Philip Roth’s Newark, the Hometown He Never Really Left by Joseph Berger, New York Times, May 23, 2018

●   City of Graveyards: The Demise of Jewish Newark by Jason Maoz, The Jewish Press, August 17, 2017

●   Newark's Jewish Community: Pre and Post 1967 Rebellion by Naomi Brauner, WBGO, July 10, 2017

●   Philip Roth’s Newark by Steven Malanga, City Journal, Spring 2017

●   Newark’s Jewish Frontier: Weequahic and its High School (video of symposium), Newark History Society, March 14, 2016

●   Jewish Newark by Helen Lippman, Hadassah Magazine, April/May 2015

●   A Pilgrimage to Philip Roth's Hometown by Josh Nathan-Kazis, The Forward, March 20, 2013

The Rise of Fascism and Antisemitism in the US in the Late 1930s

●   A Short History of America First by Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic, January 21, 2017

●   Charles E. Coughlin from the Holocaust Encyclopedia

●   These Are the Three Reasons Fascism Spread in 1930s America - and Might Spread Again Today by Seva Gunitsky, Washington Post, August 12, 2017

Charles Lindbergh

●   America First: The Anti-war movement, Charles Lindbergh, and the Second World War by David Gordon, presented at New York Military Affairs Symposium, September 26, 2003

●   Full text of speech delivered by Charles Lindbergh at America First rally, Des Moines, Iowa, September 11, 1941

●   Iowans Heard about ‘America First’ 76 Years Before Trump by Mike Wellman, Des Moines Register, May 22, 2017

●   TWE Remembers: Charles Lindbergh’s Des Moines Speech by James Lindsey, Council on Foreign Relations, September 11, 2012

Walter Winchell

●   He Turned Gossip into Tawdry Power; Walter Winchell, Who Climbed High and Fell Far, Still Scintillates, by Bernard Weinraub, New York Times, November 18, 1998

●   He Got the Poop on America, by Frank Rich, New York Times, October 23, 1994

Philip Roth

●   How Philip Roth Became a Political Prophet by Salman Rushdie, The Forward, October 3, 2018

●   No Longer Writing, Philip Roth Still Has Plenty to Say by Charles McGrath, New York Times, January 16, 2018

Philip Roth and Women

●   Elaine Showalter discusses Philip Roth in Vox, May 26, 2018

●   What Philip Roth Didn’t Know About Women Could Fill a Book, by Dara Horn, New York Times, May 25, 2018

●   Reading and Wrestling with Philip Roth by Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, May 24, 2018

●   Why Did I Cry for Philip Roth? by Helene Meyers, Lilith, May 24, 2018

●   My Complicated Affair Reading Philip Roth by Lauren Sandler, Huffington Post, May 24, 2018

●   Philip Roth Hated Jewish Women, by Tamar Fox, Hey Alma, May 23, 2018

●   Philip Roth’s ‘Toxic Masculinity’ by Sam Lipsyte, the New York Times, May 23, 2018

●   Radiant Poison: Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, and the End of the Jew as Metaphor by Vivian Gornick, Harper’s, September 2008

●   Philip Roth Hates Women by Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune, June 1, 2006