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.
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