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Alas Babylon

Written By:Pat Frank - 1959

  • Alas  Babylon - Pat Frank cover

    Bantam - March 1960 3rd Printing (8th Edition)

  • Alas  Babylon - Pat Frank cover

    Bantam - September 1981 9th Printing

  • Alas  Babylon - Pat Frank cover

    Bantam - February 1970 22nd Printing

  • Alas  Babylon - Pat Frank cover

    HarperPerennial - 1993 7th Printing

  • Alas  Babylon - Pat Frank cover

    Perennial Classics - 1999+

  • Alas  Babylon - Pat Frank cover

    Bantam - 1983 14th printing

  • Alas  Babylon - Pat Frank cover

    HarperPerennial - 2005 15th Printing


Synopsis

Bantam - March 1960 3rd Printing (8th Edition)

THE DAY AFTER THE BOMB DROPPED the thousands of years of "progress" that had covered the treacheries and lusts of ordinary man with a thin veneer of civilization were dissolved and melted like snow on the desert's dusty face. The—THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE REIGNED But in the wreckage a few courageous survivors, men and women with guts to have hope, were determined to build a new and better world on the ruins of the old. THIS IS THEIR STORY.

HarperPerennial - 1993 7th Printing

"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.

Bantam - 1983 14th printing

The day after the world ended

That December Saturday, forever after, was known only as The Day. It seemed incongruous to call it a war—because it was over in a single day, and no one ever saw the face of the enemy. Most saw nothing at all, since they died in bed in an instant, slipping in a millisecond from sleep into deeper darkness.

For the handful remaining, the struggle was not for victory, or against a human enemy. The struggle for those who survived The Day was simply to survive the next...

HarperPerennial - 2005 15th Printing

"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.

Excerpt

Bantam - March 1960 3rd Printing (8th Edition)

COULD YOU SURVIVE
without food or water, light, power of transportation, while completely surrounded by deadly raditation?

Would you react with helpless, trembling paralysis? Or would you have the courage and ingenuity to invent a new way of life?

COULD YOU SURVIVE AN H-BOMB ATTACK AS THE PEOPLE IN THIS NOVEL DO?

Blurb

Bantam - March 1960 3rd Printing (8th Edition)

"A Shocker."—St. Petersburg TIMES

"Enthralling and vivid... we are made to live in the very presence of dreadful happenings and understand what a nuclear catastrophe would do to America."—Chicago Tribune

HarperPerennial - 1993 7th Printing

"Ingenious... Provocative." —New York Times

"Frighteningly credible and exciting reading." —Library Journal

"An extraordinarily 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

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

"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

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

"Credible and compelling." —Booklist

Perennial Classics - 1999+

The classic apocalyptic novel that stunned the nation with its vivid portrayal of a small town's survival after nuclear holocaust devastates the country.

Bantam - 1983 14th printing

The stunning novel of survival after nuclear holocaust. Over 2 million copies in print.

The first and greastest novel of its kind, Pat Frank's Alas, Babylon vividly envisions the stark realities of the day-to-day battle for survival as no book before or since has done.

HarperPerennial - 2005 15th Printing

The classic apocalyptic novel that stunned the world

Catastrophe:

war

Type:

realistic