This 1959 science fiction classic gives a new twist to the familiar post-nuclear war story: it follows the life of an American Catholic monastery from the new Dark Ages after the devastation of World War Three, through the slow re-building of civilization (a span of several thousand years), right up to the point where history begins to repeat itself, humanity having learned nothing from the past. The monastery preserves whatever knowledge survives the "Simplification," a new Cultural Revolution where books and scientists are burned in the belief that it was Science that was responsible for the war. Blessed Lei...
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