Henry Miller, The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
Read this passage years ago and it stayed with me. I like that, in 1940, a writer is ranting about how the Walt Disney vision would take over the world. Also the idea of mass media transforming the world with a speed that armies could never manage. Then the “annihilate the whole planet in the wink of an eye” line. A lot of people probably had a similar thought in 1940; a few physicists knew it was only a couple of years away. It’s been a while but I remember this being a pretty good book, written after Miller returned to the U.S. after having spent a number of years in Paris. Also, if I am going to be living in a nightmare, I would prefer it to have air conditioning.