Review of “The War in the Air”

The War in the Air

The War in the Air by H.G. Wells

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Like so many novels by H.G. Wells, you read it wondering whether he is a time traveler (the Doctor in disguise). Despite the optimism of the first decade of the 20th century, he talks about how nationalism will result in a war between Germany, and the US and England. (He did get Asia wrong, but that would be telling).

The technology is less surprising than in some of his other works (THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME). However, he does an excellent job of discussing the different ways in which a post-Apocalyptic world would organize itself.

His view on the misguided optimism of the period reminds me of how pundits talk about how the post-Cold War period and internet would achieve a significant period of peace. (Yes, I am referring to both THOMAS FRIEDMAN and FRANCIS FUKUYAMA).

There is also one line that struck me. Wells talks about how the main character is willing to defend the empire, even if it is with surrogates.



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