Author: Pat Frank
The classic apocalyptic novel that stunned the nation with its vivid portrayal of a small town's survival after nuclear holocaust devastates the country.
ISBN-13: 9780553263145
ISBN-10: 0553263145
Publication Date: 2/1/1984
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4.5 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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This book was written in 1959 during the Cold War era. In this scenario, the Soviet Union actually launches missles at the U. S., destroying most of the east coast and all major cities. This is the story of how a little community in Florida that managed to stay uncontaminated, learns how to survive without electricity, city water, grocery stores, medicine, gasoline and many other conveniences of modern civilization. I give it a 10 because I didn't want to put it down once I had started it.
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I read Alas Babylon and thought my how things change. Comparing it to todays' doomsday books (The Road, In the Country of Lost Things, Zombie Survival Guide, etc), this book actually believed we could rise above our baser instincts and pull together to survive. Heck, they even seemed to improve their life being isolated like that, and naturally the commies started it but we won so that's a "plus". I have a remembrance of the whole bunker mentality, the duck and cover school drills. I found it interesting that the author decided to make it a livable existence if not even idyllic in the long run. Whereas, a few generations removed, it seems that today, everybody assumes the world will end but those that survive will be cave dwelling, isolationists bent on fearing what they don't know and killing what they do. I know that this book was a turn around OPEN YOUR EYES breakthrough at the time and I guess as long as there are people walking the planet, there will be fear of the unknown BOOM that takes it all away. But this fella actually made me kind of wish I lived in the surviving community
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This is the classic post-nuclear holocaust book, originally published in 1959. I read it at about that time, and remember the fear of nuclear war of that time!! (I was in elementary school then.)
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Alas, Babylon first issued in 1959 was a well written scare piece. It seems just as scary today as it did then. NY Herald Tribune says "A warm, continuously interesting story of what can happen to a group of ordinary people in a perilous situation."
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Eerie read. A little heavy on mundane details but heavy on shock value.
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Set in the 1950's, this novel explores the horror of survival after a nuclear devastation of the U.S.

Living in a small Floria town, the characters struggle to invent a new society after their old one is completely destroyed.

There are many fascinating insights into 1950's racial attitudes, morals, and the pervasive fear that was so much a part of the Cold War era.
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One of the best post apocalyptic books I've ever read. Has a wonderful flow and keeps you motivated to continue reading.
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Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if a war came to our own country? This is Pat Frank's classic look at life in the US after a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union back in the sixties. Should be on the reading list of anyone who likes excellent science fiction or alternative history.

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