1940s > 1949

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    1984 by George Orwell

1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. "1984" is still the great modern classic "negative Utopia" - a startling original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from the first sentence to the last four words.

Year: 1949
Genre: DystopianScience FictionSoft SF

    Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Willy Loman has spent his life following the American way, living out his belief in salesmanship as a way to reinvent himself. But somehow the riches and respect he covets have eluded him. He searches for the moment his life took a wrong turn, the moment of betrayal that undermined his relationship with his wife and destroyed his relationship with Biff, the son in whom he invested his faith.

Year: 1949
Genre: Family Drama

    Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

First published in 1949 and a winner of the inaugural International Fantasy Award in 1951, Earth Abides went on to become one of the most influential science-fiction novels of the twentieth century. It remains a fresh, provocative story of apocalyptic pandemic, societal collapse, and rebirth.

Year: 1949
Genre: Post ApocalypseScience Fiction

    Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein

While on their way, along with Jim's volleyball-sized native pet, Willis the Bouncer, the boys wander into the 'forbidden' territory where they meet a native Martian, Gekko. The Martian, who is oddly protective of Willis, becomes a "water friend" to the young boys and exposes them to the true wonders of the planet.

Year: 1949
Genre: Action & Adventure SF

    Shane by Jack Schaefer

Many folks in their small Wyoming valley are suspicious of Shane, and make it known that he is not welcome. But dangerous as Shane may seem, he is a staunch friend to the Starretts--and when a powerful neighboring rancher tries to drive them out of their homestead, Shane becomes entangled in the deadly feud.

Year: 1949
Genre: Westerns

    Sixth Column by Robert A. Heinlein

It's six against six million in a brilliantly waged near-future war for nothing less than liberty and justice for all. The counterinsurgency for freedom is on, and defeat is not an option.

Year: 1949
Genre: Military SF

    The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom by Erle Stanley Gardner

Edward Garvin is a very successful businessman with a very unhappy ex-wife--who wants his money. So Garvin calls on lawyer Perry Mason to protect his company from her schemes, and ensure the divorce they'd gotten in Mexico is actually finalized.

Year: 1949
Genre: Murder Mystery

    The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald

Like many Southern California millionaires, Ralph Sampson keeps odd company. There's the sun-worshipping holy man whom Sampson once gave his very own mountain; the fading actress with sidelines in astrology and S&M. Now one of Sampson's friends may have arranged his kidnapping.

Year: 1949
Genre: KidnappingPrivate Eye

    The Screaming Mimi by Frederic Brown

This beloved, larger-than-life thriller from Edgar Award-winning author Fredric Brown stars Bill Sweeney, an ace reporter with an otherworldly drinking problem who gets mixed up with a naked woman as the latter is trying to avoid becoming the fourth victim of a local serial killer-the Ripper. Rousing himself from his drunken stupor in order to aid the woman, Bill sets out on the killer's trail. As he puts questions and answers together, he finds himself face-to-face with madness and death.

Year: 1949
Genre: Thriller

    To Hell and Back by Audie Murphy

Originally published in 1949, To Hell and Back was a smash bestseller for fourteen weeks and later became a major motion picture starring Audie Murphy as himself. More than seventy years later, this classic wartime memoir is just as gripping as it was then.

Year: 1949
Genre: BiographyUS ArmyWorld War IIWWII: American Heroes

 

 

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19491984 by George Orwell Dystopian, Science Fiction, Soft SF
1949Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Family Drama
1949Earth Abides by George R. Stewart Post Apocalypse, Science Fiction
1949Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein Action & Adventure SF, Heinlein's Juveniles
1949Shane by Jack Schaefer Westerns
1949Sixth Column by Robert A. Heinlein Military SF
1949The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom by Erle Stanley Gardner Murder Mystery, Perry Mason
1949The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald Kidnapping, Private Eye, Lew Archer
1949The Screaming Mimi by Frederic Brown Thriller
1949To Hell and Back by Audie Murphy Biography, US Army, World War II, WWII: American Heroes, Non-Fiction

 

 

 


 

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