- Series: Beyond Armageddon
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Bison Books (November 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803226624
- ISBN-13: 978-0803226623
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TOMORROW! was originally published in 1952. I didn't read it then, but I read it beginning to end several years later, as a child. I have seldom been so terrified by a book: for years I could not bear the sound of a jet passing overhead. As I remember from a perspective of 50 years, the seminal books before adulthood were Tomorrow! and Walter M. Miller Jr.'s post-apocalyptic treasure, A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ (another classic I hope to see republished as an e-book). That's probably no surprise, given that I grew up during the Cold War and McCarthyism, Khrushchev' s pounding shoe and the Cuban Missile crisis. 50 years and umpteen wars later, TOMORROW! is just as scary, just as potent, just as pertinent. I think everyone should read it.
The dated part was that this was a "survivable" nuclear war due to the small number of bombs, the required delivery by aircraft, and the fact that the bombs were airbursts and so had less residual radioactivity. Presumably were we to have an actual nuclear war today (God forbid) it would be much worse. The implication in this book is that society can come back after such a conflict and even "win" the war. The interconnectedness of the markets and our industries today makes that suspect, as do missiles and ground bursts and higher yield weapons.
When you compare this against "Threads" the British documentary, you can see that all the CD preparation in the world wouldn't really allow the CD officials in this book to survive the experience. Still it's interesting and very worth reading. I wish it were electronic and about $3.99 at most.
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This is a classic that I read years ago. It rereads quite well. The time slot is post WWII and the Red Threat is alive and thriving.Read more