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The Penultimate Truth
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher St Martins Pr
Publication date January 1, 1984
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780312943561
ISBN-10 0312943563
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $5.95
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Summaries and Reviews
After U.S. survivors have worked diligently in underground warrens for fifteen years, they begin to doubt the government's pronouncements about the progress of a nuclear war description: Product Description: What if you discovered that everything you knew about the world was a lie? That’s the question at the heart of Philip K. Dick’s futuristic novel about political oppression, the show business of politics and the sinister potential of the military industrial complex. This wry, paranoid thriller imagines a future in which the earth has been ravaged, and cities are burnt-out wastelands too dangerous for human life. Americans have been shipped underground, where they toil in crowded industrial ant hills and receive a steady diet of inspiring speeches from a President who never seems to age. Nick St. James, like the rest of the masses, believed in the words of his leaders. But that all changes when he travels to the surface—where what he finds is more shocking than anything he could possibly imagine.

Winner of both the Hugo and John W. Campbell awards for best novel, widely regarded as the premiere science fiction writer of his day, and the object of cult-like adoration from his legions of fans, Philip K. Dick has come to be seen in a literary light that defies classification in much the same way as Borges and Calvino. With breathtaking insight, he utlizes vividly unfamiliar worlds to evoke the hauntingly and hilariously familiar in our society and ourselves.

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Reissue edition from Mariner Books (January 24, 2012)
9780547572475 | details & prices | 239 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $13.95
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (August 1, 2004)
9781400030118 | details & prices | 191 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.22 lbs | List price $13.95
About: After working diligently in nightmarish underground warrens for fifteen years, the American survivors of a nuclear disaster begin to doubt the government's pronouncements about the progress of a nuclear war, in a provocative science fiction classic about political oppression and the military industrial complex.
Reprint edition from Carroll & Graf Pub (May 1, 1989)
9780881844931 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $3.95
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