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When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail
Eric Jay Dolin

On the Beach

On the Beach - Nevil Shute Explores the subject of post-war fallout. Apparently, this book was an eye-opener in it's day. Written around the 50's at the height of the cold war, it bruised the confidence in the "Duck and Cover" propaganda. In essence, it is really a book about how people react when there is not much time on their hands.

The book's anti-war message is commendable, but the writing is a tad lifeless. The Author can set a plate, but I never felt like I knew any of the characters. His dialog feels clunky with a cardboard quality.

Even with all these flaws, I do recommend the book.