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2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America MP3 CD – 30 May 2011
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- Publisher : Tantor Media Inc; MP3 Una edition (30 May 2011)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1452652902
- ISBN-13 : 978-1452652900
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 1.52 x 18.8 cm
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At its core, '2030' is about mortality and is it possible for a nation to have too much of a good thing? Technological advances in medicine have extended the lives of many. Back when I was growing up in the nineteen-sixties and seventies, it was notable when someone died in their eighties or nineties. Now when I look at the obituaries they overwhelmingly feature octogenarians and septuagenarians. Mr. Brooks simply applies the medical community's predictions that people will soon be living to be over a hundred. The author covers such things as healthcare, the national debt, old people living so long that they become a financial burden to younger generations, the privatization of healthcare, nuclear war, assisted suicide, how would our country handle a major catastrophe such has the complete destruction of Los Angeles because of a record-breaking earthquake, political as well as oligarchic machinations at the expense of the poor and needy, and China's ascension into the most powerful nation in the world. They are all valid issues but, sadly, the author's bland delivery couldn't keep my attention.
You may find Mr. Brook's writing style engaging. Unlike me, others who reviewed his book loved it. At the very least '2030' will make you think.
Written in 2011, Brooks takes us on a tour of technological changes that reshape American society- plus a full blown natural catastrophe. The protagonist of the novel is the president of the United States, the tragedy is Los Angeles. Many issues to ponder in this scary, yet humorous book.
sample dialogue [no spoilers!]:
“I see. Are you in love with him?”
“Am I in love with him?”
“When you repeat a question it always means no.”
“It means no?”
“Boy, you really don’t like this guy.”
And they kissed and kissed again and both felt as if they were blessed by God, though neither believed there was one.
It’s amazing how fast you can turn on someone when he disappoints you.
so much more....