"Alas, Babylon." Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.
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First published in 1959, Pat Frank’s novel about a nuclear apocalypse is a classic science fiction “what if?” story. It begins just before a thermonuclear attack leaves only pockets of the United States unscathed, including the small Florida town of Fort Repose, whose residents struggle to survive in a world without technology or resources. Frank’s writing is so vivid that we almost wanted to start stockpiling supplies for a worst-case scenario. But this isn’t just a tale of doom and gloom—despite worsening setbacks, the people of Fort Repose face the apocalypse with a can-do gumption that makes the novel feel unexpectedly optimistic. Alas, Babylon serves not only as a warning, but also as a beacon of hope about how humanity can band together through tragedy.
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Go back in time to the day...
Go back in time to the gay the book was written. You will find that the book is very good, and that is an understatement. Coming forward to our day much of what was written in this book is still very relevant to any conflict that would involve nuclear weapons. So if you take out the bad guy of Russia and insert whoever would use nuclear weapons against the US the story is perfectly logical and relevant.
A mid century Cold War classic, but...
seriously marred by what I consider an unreasonably high price ($11.99, really?) and a rather large number of distracting typos that should have been easily caught by proof reading (not just relying on "spell check" as was obviously done here).
Older books like this shouldn't be "full price" for digital versions, and this should be re-issued with a typo-corrected update.
I have read many apocalyptic novels, this was one of my top 3.