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Alas Babylon Essay, Research Paper Alas, Babylon Alas, Babylon, which was written by Pat Frank and published in 1959, takes place in Fort Repose, Florida. It is during the cold war with lots of tension between Russia and the United States. Randolph Rowzee Bragg, the main character lives in Fort Repose. This is where most of the story takes place. Randolph, also known as Randy, has an older brother named Mark. Mark is a high-ranking officer in Omaha where there is a giant underground military base. I believe that the U.S. has several underground military bases, but doesn?t let the public know about them, and I don?t believe many people know about this one either. Mark sent Randy a telegram that read, ?Urgent you meet me at Base Ops McCoy noon today. Helen and children flying

to Orlando tonight. Alas, Babylon?(14). Alas, Babylon is the phrase that Randy and Mark used when there was something terribly wrong and to take what ever they said very serious so Randy met his brother at the base. When he got there he found out that Mark suspected that the Russians would attack. During the ?Cold War? the U.S. had the knowledge and experience to know when their enemies were going to make a move. They had plenty of spies and spy equipment to give them enough information to protect itself incase of emergencies. Mark also gave Randy $5,000 to stock up on food and supplies. Randy then went to the bank to cash the check. Randy hates going to the grocery and tries to spend as little time there as possible. This time though he loaded up three shopping carts. His total

was $314.80 and he was in there for a total of one hour and six minutes (45). After the grocery he stopped at Bill Cullen?s bar and bought one and a half cases of his brand of bourbon and six fifths of scotch for Helen, who is Mark?s wife. Stocking up on food is probably the best thing that Randy could have done with the money. He should have bought more can foods instead of steaks and other foods that need to be kept cold because if the electricity goes bad so does the food. And if something really bad was to happen then Randy would be a little better off then the rest of the people who didn?t stock up on food and supplies. Although Randy did not know this at the time the alcohol would come in handy with cleaning open wounds since there wouldn?t be any more pharmacy stores, or

any stores for that matter when the nuclear bombs hit. When Randy got home Malachai, a young black boy who does chores for Randy, helped him unload his supplies. While they were unloading the supplies Randy informed Malachai of what his brother had told him. I like the fact that friends? pull together knowing that there are going to be rough times ahead. Randy then paid Malachai his twenty dollars for his weekly chores and gave him an extra $200 for supplies. As Malachai was leaving, Elizabeth McGovern, also know as Lib, is Randy?s girlfriend, pulled up. Randy told her what Mark had said to him. Lib then went home and told her parents, who thought she was absolutely crazy. It is hard for some people to believe that anyone would want to go to war with the infamous United States,

and Lib?s parents were some of those people. I would find it hard to believe if someone thought that they could go to war with us and win, so why would they even try. Then Dan Gunn stopped by, the local doctor. Randy also filled him in on the information he received from his brother and Dan then filled out some prescriptions for Randy and Lib in case of an emergency. This was clever thinking on Randy?s part because it is always good to keep extra medicine around incase of an emergency. It would be ridiculous for someone to die of an infection when it could have been prevented. That night the Americans made a huge mistake. A pilot named Peewee Cobb was flying a fighter plane with instructions to shoot down any snooper planes in sight. When he spotted one he fired and at the last