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3.25  ·  Rating details ·  36 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
So begins this eerie science fiction and cautionary tale that takes place in the year 2951. Written in 1889 by the founder and editor of Life magazine, John Ames Mitchell, The Last American is a quick though somewhat unsettling read. Beginning in Persia, the reader is taken along with a group of travelers who voyage across the ocean to find the remains of a once great nati ...more
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Kelly
One of the first post-apocalyptic novels, and the first I know of to depict a future America in ruins. Written in 1889, it takes place in 2951 as a group of Persian mariners explore the devastated land they have only read about. Clearly meant as something of a spoof, the book's Persian characters have names like The Prince of Dimph-Yoo-Chur (Dim Future), Fattan-laiz-eh (Fat and Lazy), and Ja-Khaz (get it?).

Parts of the book satirize the mania around archaeological finds in the 19th century and
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Neil
This was an interesting book. It was written in the late 1800s about a Persian expedition that sails to the eastern shores of the North American continent in 2951 [or so]. The chapters were fairly short; it moved at a brisk pace. The names of the Persians were farcical and hilarious, as were the names of various leaders sprinkled throughout the novel [especially in the later chapters when naming various American and European military leaders].

I had read about this book in another book that was
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Benjamin
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-apocalyptic

Although The Last American is not the first post-apocalyptic story, from what I can tell it is the first future history set in a post-apocalyptic world, thereby predating H.G. Wells' Time Machine by seven years.

Largely satirical and acting as a critique of American society of the 1880s (and very much today too), the story sees a Persian research party rediscover America in the year 2951 after America's fall in the mid twentieth century. A short tale that encompasses thoughts that future generat
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Mark
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, x-epub
Weird and somewhat disturbing.
Ernest Hogan
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thousand years in the future. Persians explore an America ruined in the 1990s by climate changes and greed. First published in 1889. Diabolical fun.
David
This book has not aged well. It was the first fictional work (188) to feature a ruined Statue of Liberty but that doesn't make it worth reading. I would recommend reading Motel of the Mysteries instead.
Hoss
Jun 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iom stranga, sed unika pra-sciencfikciajho el la 19-a jarcento. Samkiel aliaj malnovaj prognozoj pri la tiama estonteco, plej interesaj estas tiuj, kiuj koncernas jardekojn jam pasintajn.

Mallonga kaj facile legebla rakonto.
Terry
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Even though it was written over 100 years ago, it paralleled the problems our country has today. a little creepy. Quick read.
Eduardo Suave
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one can be read in like 2 hours if you're fast - I'm slow - very interesting book about on the fall of humanity/society in America.
Roger Walker
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remains relevant, and is a fast read.
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