No stranger to controversy, Philip Roth casts Charles A. Lindbergh as the triumphant 1940 presidential candidate in this powerful alternate history from 2004. A staunch isolationist, Lindbergh signs non-aggression pacts with Hitler and Hirohito, then institutes a program forcing America's religious and ethnic minorities to be diffused and absorbed into the larger, white society. Narrated by a Jewish boy in Newark, the novel considers a country where security is valued above the identity of the individual, which withers in its enforced sameness.
"This magnificent novel is both appropriate to today's headlines and timeless for its undermining of the blind sentiment that 'it can't happen here'."—Booklist (starred review)