Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Cold War Terror

Written in the midst of the fear and turmoil of the Cold war Alas Babylon is a fantastic tale of mutual destruction. To truly enjoy all this book has to offer one has to try and get in the mindset of the era. Once you do that you can truly appreciate how frightening this story would have been in its day. It would have scared the crap out of me and kept wondering when the end was coming.

Alas Babylon is a story of survival and hope after the USSR and USA take turns in trying to wipe each other off the face of the earth. The story focuses on a small town and the hero of the story that tries to keep a sense of civility in their lives. As in all good survival stories this book highlight the good and bad in society and individuals.

I love reading books like this because through the story it gives a snapshot into the social and political landscape of the era. I look forward to digging around and finding some more classics like this one.

5 Stars and this years first LBR Big Tick Of Approval

About the Author:

"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.

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