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Alas, Babylon

Frank, Pat

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Alas, Babylon
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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.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2005
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed
ISBN: 9780060741877
0060741872
Branch Call Number: FICTION FRANK 2005
Characteristics: xvi, 323 p. ;,21 cm

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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.

Sleepy Fort Repose, Florida is untouched by the bombs but suffers nonetheless. Cut off from the rest of the U.S., the town falls back on the resources it can find gather from the countryside and scrounge from the mechanized world they can no longer support. It is an ultimately hopeful take on the... Read More »


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Nov 14, 2014
  • MacGreenBear rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Classic read and likely accurate for it's day...however, our understanding since shows that nuclear war would have far graver effects than depicted here. For something more akin to that check out The Road.

Mar 03, 2013
  • Rasputin45 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good classic read for fans of post apocalyptic fiction. Starts off very well. More of a view into the cold war missile crisis fears than a real survival story, although it is that, too. I enjoyed it.

Dec 06, 2011
  • Grace_Kalman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I seriously love this book! It really gave me insight on how people actually felt during the Cold War. Before reading this, I hadn't actually realized the enormity of the destruction an atomic bomb could cause. This book felt so real. I found myself cataloging my survival skills and wondering how we could survive without electricity. Is Cleveland an important target? I found myself watching for mushroom clouds. Wow. The best part of this book is the hope. Even with their way of life destroyed, they start to rebuild. And hey! They start homeschooling!

Sep 19, 2011
  • ccampb17 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is well worth the time if you enjoy post-apocalyptic themes. You wonder how many differnt people have drawn from this book. I think of the creators of the TV Series Jericho to the video game Fallout. I would definatly recommend.

Apr 08, 2011
  • the4wynnes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Alas, Babylon is the prototype for post-apocalyptic fiction. Although a bit dated, the characters and survival situations still ring true.

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