The inherent political and economic instability of our present time has been the subject of many books, some of which are marketed as fiction, while others are presented as nonfiction. As is often the case in times of civilizational crisis, the authors of fiction may actually have a more realistic understanding of the actual "facts on the ground" — and the substantial causes of a civilization’s woes — than is presented by the self-described political elite in their purportedly factual writings. Thus, for example, historians may wear themselves out debating the historical accuracy of speeches recorded by Herodotus or Thucydides — what actually matters the most, to the modern reader, is that such speeches present him with an opportunity to reflect upon the Permanent Things.
James Wesley Rawles is certainly no Thucydides, but his "fiction" offers a vision of the chaos which may soon descend on American society with a closer conformity to the reality than that which is served up by the Pollyannas all along the Northeast corridor who are busy pushing a dream of permanent prosperity on the news networks. And Rawles does not offer his readers a bleak picture of a once-great nation’s descent into darkness and anarchy; his writings are full of guidance for those readers who are willing to make preparations to preserve a future for themselves and their families.
Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse is the second volume in Rawles’ series of novels about the coming collapse of American society — and the global economy. Survivors — like his previous novel, Patriots — is set in the very near future, in a time which Rawles calls “The Crunch.”
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