The tale of a celebrity president who colluded with a foreign dictator


The Dystopia Project is Mashable's book series looking at what dystopian fiction has to teach us in our new political climate. You can read past entries here. 

The first time I read The Plot Against America was the same year Philip Roth published it, 2004. Back then I thought it a thoroughly readable cautionary tale set in an alternate America ? one that voted the antisemitic isolationist aviator Charles Lindbergh into the Oval Office in 1940, instead of Franklin Roosevelt for a third term. 

But as masterfully-constructed as Roth's tale was ? he focused on the effects Lindbergh's creeping fascist policies had on himself, young alternate universe Philip Roth, and his family ? there was one big detail of the plot that a lot of readers simply couldn't buy. 

I for one couldn't bring myself to believe that the Republican Party would nominate, nor America elect, a completely qualification-free celebrity to replace a popular Democratic president and run the country at a time of great global peril. 

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