The Real Story of What Happens to America

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A first novel by the comedic actor and filmmaker imagines a near-future world struggling with the challenges of a dramatically aging population revitalized by the cure for cancer, a scenario that is challenged by an unprecedented natural disaster that drives the government into bankruptcy. 100,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

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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A near-future world struggles with the challenges of a dramatically aging population revitalized by the cure for cancer, a scenario that is challenged by an unprecedented natural disaster that drives the government into bankruptcy.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780312583729
Branch Call Number: BRO
Characteristics: 375 p
Alternative Title: Twenty thirty


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Sep 24, 2017

This book could have been so much better. Some really interesting ideas about America's fate are presented. Unfortunately, at times the story felt like it was written by a thirteen-year-old, and I found myself getting frustrated and skipping huge passages just to find out what happens.

Sep 02, 2016

What happens when the wealthiest nations run out of money, people live longer lives supported by the taxpayers, and babies are born with crushing debts they can never repay. An interesting premise, but the book never manages to quite live up to the possibilities in the story-line.

Jun 26, 2016

Good book, also as a thought experiment. Interesting conclusion.

cmlibrary_anickerson Jan 31, 2016

A thought provoking story that both engages and challenges the reader with an entirely possible vision of the future US.

Jul 10, 2013

This is a badly written book. The characters are shallow and stupid. The narrative fizzles halfway through and the book simply ends with no resolution to any of the significant points made in the beginning of the novel.

2030: America runs out of money and is absorbed by the new Chinese empire. (Epilogue: young dissidents are shot and everything falls apart)

jlevy111 Dec 07, 2012

Much too difficult to navigate

Jun 27, 2012

Disappointed in this book. The characterization was good but there was no action. The characters got boring after awhile. This book should have begun near the end and built up from there. Brooks brought some interesting characters (and a tad bit greedy) into the book near the end. Don't bother reading this book.

Dec 07, 2011

Don't waste your time on this book; Brave New World is a thousand times better.

Sep 16, 2011

Not usually a fan of futuristic, doomsday stuff, but I saw Albert Brooks on TV interviewing about this book and was intrigued. Book was well written and the story was believeable. It kept me engaged to the end.

Aug 31, 2011

I like humour and I like novels about futurism but this was dull. Brooks might be a funny stand up comedian but he isn't much of an author.

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Jun 26, 2016

An earthquake strikes Los Angeles. The government, sinking into more debt than the global GDP, cannot respond. Faced with the growing threat of youth revolutionary groups against the 'olds', this book follows the shared adventures of everyone's response, no matter what demographic they are in.


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Jun 26, 2016

2030 - It's closer than you think.


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