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Roth, Philip. THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA. New York City, NY: Houghton Mifflin, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 391 pages. As New/As New.

The author's 22nd novel. One of the most important literary events of the year 2004. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Explores a brilliantly imagined scenario of mass fear and takes it to its logical conclusion. Charles A. Lindbergh defeats FDR for the Presidency in 1940. Lindbergh captured the country's imagination twice: Through his solo Atlantic crossing in 1927 and the tragic kidnapping and murder of his son. He was the prototypical American hero: Brave, handsome, a "role model". He was also an isolationist, a Nazi sympathizer, and a fascist. It is these latter attributes that inform the novel. "Roth interweaves historical names such as Walter Winchell, who tries to run against Lindbergh. The twist at the end is more than surprising, it is positively ingenious. Roth has written a magnificent novel, arguably his best work in a long time. It is tempting to equate his scenario with current events, but resist, resist. Of course it is a cautionary tale, but beyond that, it is a contribution to American letters by a man working at the top of his powers" (Valerie Ryan). In his maturity and after a lifetime of brilliant and prolific writing, Roth has pulled off the unthinkable: Another masterpiece. A "must-have" title for Philip Roth collectors. This copy is boldly and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Philip Roth. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings and is now collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Many other signed copies available online have major flaws. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of every major literary award: The National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, all of which he won twice. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for "American Pastoral". Recipient of the National Medal For The Arts in 1998. Recipient of the Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2002. Six of Philip Roth's novels were selected as among the Top 20 works of American fiction of the last 25 years: "American Pastoral", "The Counterlife", "Operation Shylock", "Sabbath's Theater", "The Human Stain", and "The Plot Against America". Philip Roth won the very first PEN/Saul Bellow Award in 2007 for "a distinguished living American author of fiction whose body of work in English possesses qualities of excellence, ambition, and scale of achievement over a sustained career which place him in the highest rank of American literature". One of the greatest living writers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIP ROTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0618509283. $500.00

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