Twenty Thirty: The Real Story of What Happens to America

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Twenty Thirty: The Real Story of What Happens to America

Format:  Paperback,

375 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Apr 2012

ISBN-13: 9780312591298

ISBN-10: 0312591292

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Is this what's in store?

June 12, 2030 started out like any other day in memory--and by then, memories were long. Since cancer had been cured fifteen years before, America's population was aging rapidly. That sounds like good news, but consider this: millions of baby boomers, with a big natural predator picked off, were sucking dry benefits and resources that were never meant to hold them into their eighties and beyond. Young people around the country simmered with resentment toward "the olds" and anger at the treadmill they could never get off of just to maintain their parents' entitlement programs.

But on that June 12th, everything changed: a massive earthquake devastated Los Angeles, and the government, always teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, was unable to respond.

The fallout from the earthquake sets in motion a sweeping novel of ideas that pits national hope for the future against assurances from the past and is peopled by a memorable cast of refugees and billionaires, presidents and revolutionaries, all struggling to find their way. In "2030," Albert Brooks' all-too-believable, dystopian imagining of where today's challenges could lead us tomorrow makes gripping and thought-provoking reading.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Apr 2012
ISBN-13: 9780312591298
ISBN-10: 0312591292
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 375
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.5 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 9780312591298

About the author

Biography of Brooks, Albert

Albert Lawrence Brooks was born Albert Lawrence Einstein, but changed his surname so as not to be confused with the famous physicist. He was born on July 22, 1947 and is an American actor. He attended Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, but dropped out after one year to focus on his comedy career. Brooks has starred in many comedic roles in such films as Unfaithfully Yours, Broadcast News, Defending your Life, I'll Do Anything and The In-Laws.

He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1987 for Best Supporting Actor in his role played in Broadcast News. In 2011, he published a fiction novel entitled 2030. Brooks was born in Beverly Hills, California, and is now married Kimberly Shlain, an artist. The couple have two children, and reside in Los Angeles.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2011-04-01)

Well known for his film and television work (e.g., Broadcast News), comedian, actor, and director Brooks has written a first novel, a futuristic story about America in the year 2030. Like many debuts, it has its share of weaknesses, mostly in terms of character development and plotting. Nonetheless, there is much here to engage readers. What is most stimulating is the future Brooks has imagined for America: cancer has been cured, and technology has extended life expectancy in miraculous ways, but America is hopelessly in debt, beset with the ravages of global warming, and dominated politically by AARP and a massive senior population.

Bleak economic prospects have turned young people against "the olds" and have inspired acts of domestic terrorism. Some of this is predictable, of course, given current conditions in the United States, but Brooks has built in enough twists and surprises here to keep things interesting.

Verdict: Despite some flaws, this is an intriguing vision of America's future. Recommended for fans of futuristic dystopia fiction.

[See Prepub Alert, 11/8/10.] - Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community Coll., CT

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Is this what's in store?

June 12, 2030 started out like any other day in memory—and by then, memories were long. Since cancer had been cured fifteen years before, America's population was aging rapidly. That sounds like good news, but consider this: millions of baby boomers, with a big natural predator picked off, were sucking dry benefits and resources that were never meant to hold them into their eighties and beyond. Young people around the country simmered with resentment toward "the olds" and anger at the treadmill they could never get off of just to maintain their parents' entitlement programs.

But on that June 12th, everything changed: a massive earthquake devastated Los Angeles, and the government, always teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, was unable to respond.

The fallout from the earthquake sets in motion a sweeping novel of ideas that pits national hope for the future against assurances from the past and is peopled by a memorable cast of refugees and billionaires, presidents and revolutionaries, all struggling to find their way. In 2030, Albert Brooks' all-too-believable, dystopian imagining of where today's challenges could lead us tomorrow makes gripping and thought-provoking reading.

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Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great book and funny .It makes you think 12/22/2012
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