Entertainment Weekly

The Plot Against America


Philip Roth’s novel imagines an alternate history where aviator-hero and xenophobic populist Charles Lindbergh became president in 1940 and turned the United creator David Simon intrigued, but he didn’t feel it was “relevant to our time,” so he initially turned down HBO’s request to adapt the material as a miniseries. “It was right after Obama had been reelected and I said, ‘I don’t see it,’” he recalls. “Then, [with] what’s happened politically in the last few years—not only in America, but throughout the West—in terms of this dissonance, almost fact-based political realities and demagoguery in the rise of the angry nationalists and populists, the very guts of what Roth was writing about suddenly seemed conceivable.”

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