Books about the collapse of civilization

There is a growing body of books about the unthinkable--the end of our world as we know it--both fiction and nonfiction.
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message 1: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn So, if these are supposed to be books about the actual collapse, what are Swiss Family Robinson (family shipwrecked on an island, the rest of the world continues on as usual), The Terror (based on non-fic account of travelers in 1845), and Canticle for Leibowitz (long, long after the collapse) doing on here?

There are already plenty of lists of dystopian reads and post-apocalyptic reads, but this could be a great list if it is about the time when the world is actually 'ending'!


message 2: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Carolyn wrote: "So, if these are supposed to be books about the actual collapse, what are Swiss Family Robinson (family shipwrecked on an island, the rest of the world continues on as usual), The Terror (based on ..."

SPOILER AHEAD:

I suppose one could argue that at the end of A Canticle for Leibowitz civilization is ending again with the second nuclear war, but I do understand your point.


message 3: by Grace (new)

Grace I couldn't agree more with you guys. Might as well add World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War on there if we were going the fictional post-apocalyptic route.


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