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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. BOOMSDAY'S heroine is Cassandra Devine, a charismatic 29-year-old blogger who incites massive political turmoil when.

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Except as permitted under the . One such message, gouged into the eighteenth green, read: ‘Boomsday Now!’ The word refers to the term economists use for the date this year when the first of the nation’s seventy-seven million so-called Baby Boomers began to retire with full Social Security benefits. The development has put a tremendous strain on the system that in turn has sent shock waves through the entire .

But Christopher Buckley presents an imaginative solution! It would be so convenient if all those expensive and . First Buckley book I've read and I really like his style of writing.

But Christopher Buckley presents an imaginative solution! It would be so convenient if all those expensive and useless pensioners just went and killed themselves. Boomsday is political satire based on the baby boomers retirement and the inevitable depletion of Social Security. Cassandra Devine, labeled as a morally superior PR chick, leads the way in renouncing baby boomers squandering of Social Security.

Книга: Christopher Buckley Boomsday.

Christopher Taylor Buckley (born September 28, 1952) is an American author and political satirist. He is known for writing God Is My Broker, Thank You for Smoking, Little Green Men, The White House Mess, No Way to Treat a First Lady, Wet Work, Florence of Arabia, Boomsday, Supreme Courtship, Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir, and The Judge Hunter. Buckley is the son of writer William F. Buckley Jr. and socialite Patricia Buckley.

Buckley orchestrates all these characters and complications with ease.

Author: Christopher Buckley. From The Washington Post. Buckley orchestrates all these characters and complications with ease. It’s queasily enjoyable to watch his characters concocting doublespeak to combat every turn of events.

Christopher Buckley, "the quintessential political novelist of his time" according to Fortune magazine, is the winner of the distinguished ninth annual Thurber Prize for American Humor. Buckley is the author of twelve books, many of them national bestsellers, including Thank You For Smoking, God Is My Broker, No Way To Treat A First Lady, Florence of Arabia, and the memoir Losing Mum and Pup. Библиографические данные.

Mr. Buckley's complete and utter contempt for his generation is startling and hilarious

Mr. Buckley's complete and utter contempt for his generation is startling and hilarious. You know what the Boomer concept of sacrifice consists of?" Cass asks her boss (who just so happens to be a Baby Boomer himself).

Outraged over the mounting Social Security debt, Cassandra Devine, a charismatic 29-year-old blogger and member of Generation Whatever, incites massive cultural warfare when she politely suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. Her modest proposal catches fire with millions of citizens, chief among them "an ambitious senator seeking the presidency." With the help of Washington's greatest spin doctor, the blogger and the politician try to ride the issue of euthanasia for Boomers (called "transitioning") all the way to the White House,over the objections of the Religious Right, and of course, the Baby Boomers, who are deeply offended by demonstrations on the golf courses of their retirementresorts.

I've just discovered Christopher Buckley's incredible writing. Although this book is a few years old, it is as timely as it was when published. Mr. Buckley has his finger on the pulse of Washingtons' elite. His knowledge of the swamp creatures and how they operate is spot on. Boomsday is humorous and revealing. My inner voice says "yes, this is how those self-serving politicians work". All in all, a fun romp through Washington's back halls. Wear your hip boots!
Boomsday is not a biting satire, but it is entertaining none the less. Mr. Buckley has written more subtle books, but his nuance of Washington life and intrigue is probably uncomfortably spot on. Too often we look at our national leaders as demigods, as opposed to people who lead lives very similar to our own. The fact that we recognize ourselves in many of the characters in this novel is upsetting to some readers. But not to this one.
Although the protagonist in this text is the least interesting character, she serves as the catalyst by which we meet the more infinitely appealing supporting cast. Their clever idiosyncrasies and obvious faults are funny because many readers share them. The characters of President Peachum and the evangelist Gideon Payne are some of the more enjoyable characters in this text precisely because they are so flawed. Who doesn't root for the biggest idiot in the room?
My only complaint is the let down of the ending. Buckley builds the climax to dizzying heights, and then can't top the buildup. The resolution is a let down. But the journey to it was worth the ride.
For another great Buckley DC satire check out his older White House Mess.
Truer than today. If only today had that sense of humor. But maybe that's just what we need in today's wacko political world. For a comic writer, Buckley channels a good deal of Jonathan Swift or William Gibson, in looking at today's world, and extrapolating how much stranger it's likely to become. Soon!
Christopher Buckley's humor is so close to real that it's sometimes hard to laugh -- but then, you do anyway. For anyone who follows politics -- and especially anyone who is still idealistic in the face of the creeping virus of unavoidable cynicism -- Buckley speaks for you. I find I want to compare him to Hiaasen, but it's an unjust comparison. Carl Hiaasen is comical and outrageous in his plot-lines and characterizations. When I read Hiaasen I feel like I do when I read Harry Potter. It's unreal in its bigness and broadness. Buckley is not like that. He is just a bit-beyond-the-completely-typical, which makes his work hysterically funny. Plus, it also flatters readers by intimating that they are "in on" something -- privy to a secret truth; the truth of how close he gets to reality without just writing current events or parody. Much like a very smart inside joke that you hoard for its delight and for the status if confers on you, if you get it.
After reading a very huge downer of a book on the dysfunctional juvenile justice system, I needed a sure-fire pick-me-up. As usual, Mr. Buckley came to the rescue. "Boomsday" is another fine example of why the author won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Delightful pandemonium begins on the first page and never slows down. Politicians, businessmen, lobbyists, public relations representatives, religious leaders and the general American populace are lampooned about their narcissistic and hypocritical ways. No one is spared the author's sarcastic, playful wit. His trademark of continually interjecting ever-more outrageous scenarios embellished with snappy dialogue is why Mr. Buckley is one of my favorite authors in the area of political farce. A fast read that will delight wonks and neophytes alike.
If you follow politics, if you are intrigued by the foibles and follies of what passes for our federal government, then you have probably found Christopher Buckley before now. I certainly hope you have and if for some reason he is a new author to you, then you have much entertaining reading ahead.

It doesn't really matter what you politcal bent is, Buckly is hard on all aspects of the political spectrum with his satire.

Buckly has taken on varying scenarios of the Washington scene in past books. Their titles fairly highlight the topic. Boomsday however, took a little while to understand where he was going. The title refers to the generational warfare that is waiting slightly down the road as the Baby Boomers start retiring on Social Security in droves and those in their wake have to basically work the rest of their lives to fund the retirement of those ahead of them. (President Bush has pointed out the problem. The Democrats, before Bush was elected, agreed it was one also. Since that happy moment, the Democrats have gone tone deaf and the problems with Social security continue to fester)

That's where Buckley comes in...several years down the road...another President in office...almost no one paying attention to the impending disaster involving Social Security.

Cass Devine, however, is paying attention. A mover and shaker at a Washington PR firm, she also runs a BLOG under the name of Cassandra. On it she devises a most unique way to solve the problem. It involves "voluntary termination" with government incentives. All of that and much, much more gets wrapped up in one of the strangest presidential elections in history.

I'm not going beyond that with my description of the story. It is flat out funny, biting satire with moments of truth slipping in. The Boston Globe calls Buckley an "authentically comic writer." Tom Wolfe says he is "One of the funniest writers in the English language." They are masters of understatement.

Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it.