Bestseller How to Survive the H Bomb and Why By Pat Frank are Ebook Pat Frank was the lifelong nickname adopted by the American writer newspaperman and government consultant
Bestseller How to Survive the H-Bomb...and Why By Pat Frank are Ebook Pat Frank was the lifelong nickname adopted by the American writer, newspaperman, and government consultant, who was born Harry Hart Frank and who is remembered today almost exclusively for his post apocalyptic novel Alas, Babylon Before the publication of his first novel Mr Adam launched his second career as novelist and independent writer, Frank spent many years as a journalist and information handler for several newspapers, agencies, and government bureaus His fiction and nonfiction books, stories, and articles made good use of his years of experience observing government and military bureaucracy and its malfunctions, and the threat of nuclear proliferation and annihilation After the success of Alas, Babylon, Frank concentrated on writing for magazines and journals, putting his beliefs and concerns to political use, and advising various government bodies In 1960 he served as a member of the Democratic National Committee In 1961, the year in which he received an American Heritage Foundation Award, he was consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Council From 1963 through 1964 the Department of Defense made use of Frank s expertise and advice, and this consultancy turned out to be his last response to his country s call His other books include Mr Adam and Forbidden Area Biography courtesy of HarperCollins. Subject 650 Hydrogen bomb Safety measures.Subject 650 Civil defense United States.. Bestseller Kindle How to Survive the H-Bomb...and Why This was a quick read I picked up in part because I had read the author's fictional account of a life "after the balloon goes up" (aka mushroom clouds) Alas, Babylon. My interest in books like this stems from a historical curiosity, published in 1962, at the apex of Cold War Hydrogen bomb testing (sabre-rattling) the perspective that nuclear war could be "won" and/or participated in a scalable fashion was still on the table; now an obvious anachronism.I liked the fact that an author of fiction undertook to discuss the issue for the same reason I enjoyed Murakami's After The Quake, fiction writers tend to look beyond the empirical facts and insert human experience and emotion into devastating topics which standard non-fiction authors tend to treat clinically. As a reader, catastrophe appears to REQUIRE a more nuanced examination beyond the facts, but still sticking to the realities at hand. Frank is very up-front that nuclear war is unwinnable and untenable, but presents his arguments for improved Civil Defense (home shelters, planning, decentralization, etc.) as necessary expressly because it may be as large a deterrent for the Hawks of either Empire, as they calculate the efficacy of trying to "win" a nuclear war. Since all Americans are "soldiers" by default in a total war, might it not make sense then to be prepared, mitigating the potential life loss calculus which might make a pre-emptive strike from abroad tantalizing.Frank is from the text, an optimist, hoping for peace but encouraging preparedness and suggesting there is always something to live for, to grow towards, even after an H-bomb drops.Some 50years later this text is insightful, in that the threat has only lessened slightly, but the rhetoric & danger of total war has been reduced substantially. The science has been refined and the fatal underlying truths of mutually assured destruction, have made disarmament the only real option on the table, even if politically unfeasible in the immediate.
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