Alas Babylon is a 1959 apocalyptic novel by Pat Frank about a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. Randy Bragg moves with his family to Fort Repose, an Air Force base in Florida. After an American fighter plane inadvertently fires a missile at an ammunition facility in Syria, the US and USSR begin a nuclear war, destroying both countries. Although the US wins the war, the country is devastated and irradiated, now receiving aid from former third world countries.

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