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Alas, Babylon (Perennial Classics) Hardcover – July 5, 2005
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"A warm, continuously interesting story of what can happen to a group of ordinary people in a perilous situation." New York Herald Tribune --New York Herald Tribune --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
From the Back Cover
"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.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The protagonist, Randy Bragg, moves his family to the small Florida town of Fort Repose when he realizes that a nuclear attack is imminent. The book, though, is not primarily about the military aspects, or science, or fighting back. It is about survival of the people after the attack has destroyed the infrastructure of society and anarchy reigns, and how they cope with it. Contrary to the opinion of many, it is not science fiction. It is an attempt to warn people who lived at the time it was written, and such an attack was a real possibility, what problems they would face if and when it occured. The characters are well-drawn, the situations realistic and well-thought-out, and the subject was of immediate interest--in fact, its possibility haunted us all, in those days.
In point of fact, it is the kind of situation that could, even today, follow any major natural disaster or terrorist act which would disrupt the normal functions of government and the operations of public utilities, resulting in anarchy and the "law of the jungle."
When one reads the criticism of today's high school child, that it was a "boring" story, it demonstrates how far we have come since those days of the cuban missile crisis, for example, when I worked fifty miles from home, and worried when I went to work that I might be separated from my family, including my wife and five young children, by a nuclear strike and not see them again.Read more ›
The book tells a survival story where a small town is cut off from the rest of the world (which mostly no longer exists) and must make do with existing skills and resources. The central hero, Randy, is appealing and believable.
The characters are the main reason to like this story. None of the main characters "turn bad" post-apocalypse style, so the tension is mostly generated by sympathizing with these people and their trials. A simple story, but certainly worth reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is considered by many as the all time classic in this genre, and I bought it under many glorious recommendations from many readers of One Second After, a equally bad but... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Paper Tiger
Pat Frank wrote a classic story that when it was released in 1959 was a pretty scary story of what just might happen to America if World War III were to occur. Read morePublished 3 days ago by runner67
I had HEARD of this book long before I read it. I've finally gotten around to buying it and reading it, and I'm glad I did. Read morePublished 3 days ago by G. N. Papadatos
Not happy when I found I got and abridged version of original book.Published 4 days ago by donald r huggins
It was really neat to see how average people might have tried to survive nuclear war effects and I really like how the author set up how the characters dealt with issues. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good but too many typos in tnr kindle version. It should have bern proof read be an actual human before selling itPublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Kid had to read it for school (9th grade) he loved it! this is the kid who hates readingPublished 12 days ago by Anon
This was a phenomenol book. I have to say that the only reason I read it was because it was required for my upcoming 9th grader. Read morePublished 18 days ago by angel