Alas Babylon by Pat Frank. Notes on the Novel. Author’s Purpose:.
Notes on the Novel
Rarely do writers have just one purpose in writing a novel, but Alas Babylon’s purpose seems to be pretty clear cut. The author wanted to strike fear in the hearts of his fellow Americans about the looming danger of a nuclear strike.
Though many authors, entertainers and authorities would continue this theme during the cold war, Frank was one of the first to write about what it would be like if an H bomb struck America. In doing so he also managed to capture the American spirit, as well as some of the negative aspects of American life in the 1950s.
After WWWII ended, Americans were settling into one of the most prosperous and comfortable times we had experienced as a country. But amid this complacency, there was a sense of the danger that had ended the war. The H bombs that struck Nagasaki and Hiroshima still existed, and the world’s tensions had not ceased with the war.
http://www.archive.org/details/DuckandC1951 What a depression that would make!” Causing Frank to think, “I doubt if he realized the exact nature and extent of the depression–”