B’NAI SHALOM READS!
In 2004, Philip Roth’s award-winning The Plot against America explored Jewish identity and our too-easy assumption of security. Come to discuss this once-more timely novel with Robert Berger, an avid reader of history and an experienced Book Group leader.
In The Plot Against America, Philip Roth mined his own youth in the Weequahic section of Newark to ground his frightening alternative history in believable, true-to-life detail. Channeling the isolationism and anti-Semitism prevalent in 1930s America, Roth posits that in 1940, aviator and anti-Semite Charles Lindbergh was elected president instead of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The consequences for the American Jewish community are described through the eyes of a young “Philip Roth,” who becomes more and more terrified. Discussion will be more enjoyable for those who have read, or recently reread this provocative American classic.
Robert Berger received a BA in History and Economics from SUNY at Buffalo, and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His consulting practice provides strategic planning support to non-profit organizations. He is a board member of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of MetroWest, and an active volunteer at B’nai Shalom and other organizations in the metropolitan area.