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. …

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