I read this book to think through a scenario of how an EMP would play out, but the actual prose was on the same level of the Left Behind series. The story line was predictable and trite. The story was a simple vehicle for a cautionary tale on how the world might realistically end or at least revert to a pre-industrial survivalist society. It cannot compare to the simple but elegant prose of Cormac McCarthy's post-acopalyptic The Road.
Forstchen's characters are two dimensional and insipid. I did value the cautionary tale and the discussion on the science and politics on the risk of EMP in the epilogue.
I always like to own the written copy of great books for my own library, for perusal and future reference.
I would put it in the same category as William Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. The Last Lion is also a paean to great man, and Shirer's more of post-mortem autopsy, but both books are seminal works that belong in the library of any serious 20th century historian. The Last Lion adds balance to understanding the birth of the American Century and the necessary historical are revisionism of the American victors. Churchill was the quintessential stateman, a man of letters, wit, and biting humor. His should be voice of the moral victors of WWII. It is beautifully written, and the Audible recording was beautifully read.
Winston Churchill as Leonidas of Sparta: how a great man saved a nearly defeated Empire against the overwhelming forces of evil.
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