Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

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"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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Pat Frank" was the lifelong nickname adopted by the American writer, newspaperman, and government consultant, who was born Harry Hart Frank (1908-1964), and who is remembered today almost exclusively for his post-apocalyptic novel "Alas, Babylon." Before the publication of his first novel Mr. Adam launched his second career as novelist and independent writer, Frank spent many years as a journalist and information handler for several newspapers, agencies, and government bureaus. His fiction and nonfiction books, stories, and articles made good use of his years of experience observing government and military bureaucracy and its malfunctions, and the threat of nuclear proliferation and annihilation. After the success of Alas, Babylon, Frank concentrated on writing for magazines and journals, putting his beliefs and concerns to political use, and advising various government bodies. In 1960 he served as a member of the Democratic National Committee. In 1961, the year in which he received an American Heritage Foundation Award, he was consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Council. From 1963 through 1964 the Department of Defense made use of Frank's expertise and advice, and this consultancy turned out to be his last response to his country's call. His other books include "Mr. Adam" and "Forbidden Area.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 371 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Doom-minded and Cassandra-speaking, this author, who touched off the play in Mr. Adam in comic vein, and continued his warnings in Forbidden Area (1956) here looks at an all-out bombing that freezes and contaminates most of the United States.

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Pajiba

I first read Alas, Babylon as required reading in 6th grade.

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http://www.parajunkee.com

I listened to the audio book, so the editing style and sentence structure that is a big complaint about this book was not evident, so I recommend going that route.

Dec 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Alas, Babylon

Grasping For The Wind

Whereas books like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, or William Golding’s Lord of the Flies have man revert to barbarism in the event of tragedy, Alas, Babylon sees hope in the indomitable human spirit, and in man’s faith in himself.

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Birmingham Public Library

So for those interested in great plots and big ideas, this relic from the Cold War Era is worth checking out - although if you’re not a member of the Baby Boomer generation, I would definitely suggest talking to someone who lived during this era to fully appreciate Frank’s work.

Sep 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Alas, Babylon

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