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Boomsday

A Novel

by Christopher Buckley

Boomsday
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2007, 336 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2008, 336 pages

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A biting political comedy by the author of Thank You For Smoking

After a slightly slow start during which Buckley introduces his characters, provides them with motive and generally lays the groundwork, Boomsday develops into a mischievously farcical tangled-web of generational warfare and political backstabbing, set against the background of the failing Social Security system and the general collapse of the American economy.

At the center of Buckley's large cast of mostly rotten to the core characters is 29-year-old Cassandra - fervent blogger by night, cynical spin-doctor by day. Supporting roles are played by her father, who squandered her college fund to finance his now obscenely successful Silicon Valley startup; WASP playboy Randy, who finds purpose in his cocaine-addled life by going into politics and ...

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The first person to receive monthly social security benefits was Ida May Fuller from Vermont, who retired in November 1939 and started collecting benefits in January 1940 at age 65. In the three years that Fuller worked under the program, she contributed a total of $24.75. Her first benefit check was for $22.54 and she went on collecting benefits for 35 years, until 1975, when she died at age 100 having collected over $22,000.

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