A Novel

eBook - 2007
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Cassandra Devine, a charismatic 29-year-old blogger incites massive political turmoil when, outraged over mounting Social Security debt, she politely suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. Her modest proposal catches fire with millions of her outraged peers ("Generation Whatever") and an ambitious Senator seeking to gain the youth vote in his presidential campaign. With the help of Washington's greatest spin doctor, the blogger and the politician try to ride the issue of euthanasia for Boomers (they call it "Transitioning") all the way to the White House, over the forceful objections of the Religious Right and, of course, Baby Boomers, who are deeply offended by demonstrations on the golf courses of their retirement resorts.
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2007.
Edition: 1st eBook ed.
ISBN: 9780446194914
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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Mar 30, 2018

Hilarious, in a slow chuckle way. Skewers our modern social/political life in a way that would be appreciated by Hunter Thompson (tho with no drugs) and Carl Hiaasen (tho with no beaches).
Many ridiculous political moves paint our everyday life that one wonders if Buckley has a line on what's just around the corner. If you have a sense of humor, try it out; you won't regret.

CRRL_MegRaymond Nov 14, 2017

As a joke, a Millenial blogger has a "modest proposal" - give Baby Boomers government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. Washington likes the idea.

KCLSRecommends May 06, 2014

The boomers are getting older every day: how will the younger generations be able to afford to pay their huge social security cost? When one young blogger suggests the government offer incentives for people over 75 to kill themselves, this idea becomes both very popular and very frightening. As America ages, Buckley’s novel seems more relevant than ever!

bdemian Jun 01, 2012

Hilarious and spot-on satire.

May 17, 2012

A terrifc, entertaining novel from a major satirist. Again Buckley hilariously leads the reader into an extreme Washington situation, which is grounded by his keen knowledge of government, politics and the media. The plot is about a "war" between the Baby Boomer generation and the generations of their children and grand- children over the financing of Social Security, Medicare and reducing the national debt. This is an extremely funny, yet also serious book.

Mar 16, 2010

A very funny book, but compared to Bockley's other work, perhaps in the lower-middle of the pack. Still well worth the read if you're looking for something funny.


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