AMERIKA: THE TRIUMPH OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT by Brauna E. Pouns, 1987

AMERIKA: THE TRIUMPH OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT

AMERIKA, the behemoth ABC television miniseries was one of the most controversial events in TV history. “Amerika,” the book by Brauna E. Pouns, is a tie-in novel based on Donald Wrye’s teleplay. The publicity surrounding the television incarnation of AMERIKA helped land the book on the best seller lists in February of 1987.

“Amerika” the novel is almost as wooden as its source material, but this ridiculous Soviet invasion fantasy has two chief advantages over its TV counterpart: 1.) A reader can breeze through 412 pages much faster than they can sit through 12 + hours of video. 2.) The novelization answers a key question that the miniseries barely addresses: JUST HOW DID THE SOVIETS CONQUER THE U.S. IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?

And the answer to that critical question is as follows:

The conquest of the United States began with the explosion of four “enormous nuclear devices” in the stratosphere. No one was harmed by these detonations, but they created a huge Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) that disabled all communications. The EMP also wiped clean millions of computer databases and records. The Soviets gave the American president the choice of surrendering and unilaterally disarming or being annihilated with nuclear weapons.

The one thing the novel can’t replicate is Mariel Hemingway singing as a member of a guerilla resistance theater troupe and maybe that is a good thing…
Mariel Hemingway singing as a member of a guerilla resistance theater troupe in AMERIKA

AMERIKA: THE TRIUMPH OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT
By Brauna E. Pouns
Copyright 1987
Published by Pocket Books
New York
412 pages

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