I spent last night at a wake, so I was not able to develop my film from NYC. I'm getting there (hopefully this afternoon).
Over at Instapundit, there's a discussion of alternative history novels - the genre where the South wins the Civil War, Kennedy isn't assassinated, etc. - of which people are fond. Surprisingly, no one's pointed out the recent and brilliant Phillip Roth novel, The Plot Against America. The novel depicts America during World War II; more specifically, it depicts an America that is run by Charles Lindbergh, who unseats FDR prior to his third term and then drags the U.S. into anti-semitic fascism.
The novel's fascinating. It has such a strong, clear sense of history (especially about Newark in the 40's, a pleasant surprise for someone who, like me, works in that city quite often) and of the psychology of fear. Very clever. The absence of this book from the Instapundit discussion is a little disappointing, I think.