Alas, Babylon: A Novel (Paperback)

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Alas, Babylon: A Novel (Paperback)

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Hailed by critics, this classic disaster novel about a nuclear holocaust in the United States—now available in a limited Olive Edition—continues to resonate with readers as strongly today as when it was first published in 1959 at the height of the Cold War.

“Alas, Babylon...”

Those fateful words heralded the end. When the unthinkable nightmare of nuclear holocaust ravaged the United States, it was instant death for tens of millions of people; for survivors, it was a nightmare of hunger, sickness, and brutality. Overnight, a thousand years of civilization were stripped away.

But for one small Florida town, spared against all the odds, the struggle was just beginning, as men and women of all ages and races found the courage to join together and push against the darkness.

Pat Frank (1908–1964) is the author of the classic postapocalyptic novel Alas, Babylon, as well as the Cold War thriller Forbidden Area. Before becoming an author, Frank worked as a journalist and also as a propagandist for the government. He is one of the first and most influential science fiction writers to deal with the consequences of atomic warfare.


Product Details ISBN: 9780062421036
ISBN-10: 0062421034
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: September 29th, 2015
Pages: 368
Language: English

“An extraordinary real picture of human beings numbed by catastrophe but still driven by the unconquerable determination of living creatures to keep on being alive.” — The New Yorker

“Ingenious. . . . Provocative.” — New York Times

“An enthralling and vivid story of the follies and failures of people, their courage and cruelty, their treachery and triumphs. Mr. Frank is a magnificent writer.” — Chicago Sunday Tribune

“A warm, continuously interesting story of what can happen to a group of ordinary people in a perilous situation.” — New York Herald Tribune

“Frighteningly credible and exciting reading.” — Library Journal

“Frank is successful enough in making us believe it could indeed happen here to send a small, fearful chill along our backbone.” — Saturday Review

"A harrowing, human story." — Florida Times-Union