Good alternate fiction has the effect of waking one from complacency, because it
shows us how the lives that we live (and on the whole take for granted) are
a result of an endless series of events through history; and if any single
one of these events had been different the world we live in would be
different. The logical extrapolation from this is that if such a small
change in the past could have such radical consequences, what of the endless
decisions made daily by governments and individuals today - what path are they
leading us down, and is it the best path?
The Plot Against America is just such a book. Aviation hero, and vocal Aryan supremacist, Charles Lindbergh defeats Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election on a peace-with-Hitler platform, because the majority of voters fear that FDR plans to bring the US into the war in Europe. ...
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