1984 - George Orwell. For decades we were keeping our eye on this book. When the year came and the prophecy did not, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares. But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s dark vision, there was another—slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
On the same day JFK was assassinated, author Aldous Huxley passed away in a hospital in California. Even though he had a major impact on American culture and politics, very few remember the extent of his contributions.