‘It should be pointed out that after World War Two ended, the country experienced and unprecedented increase in the birth rate. This was called the ‘Baby Boom.’ It started right after the end of the war and reached its peak in nineteen fifty-seven. These ‘Baby Boomers,’ as they were known, reached prime retirement age in the teens and twenties of this century. They were owed Social Security benefits and Medicare, the old age health benefit then in effect. Both of these programs, especially Medicare, were grossly underfunded. A few rather futile attempts at reform were attempted. But, by and large, politicians were not prepared to tackle a controversial issue and waited for the avalanche of retirees to come. They came, and the government went further into debt to fund these benefits. By twenty thirty, eighty-five percent of Federal expenditures were to pay debt service and entitlement programs. That left very little for the military, education, and all the other services people expected. The rate of inflation increased throughout the decade of the twenties, topping at twenty-five percent, in twenty twenty-eight. That was a presidential election year. Americans were shell-shocked and apathetic. Neither political party seemed to be able to tackle their problems.”
The above is from a class taught by James Lendeman in the year 2062. I have to say it sounds just about right. Of Time and Place is written with about a 10 year gap taking you back and forth between the 2050s and the 2060s. It’s much more than a story of love and deceit but a story of what the world will most like be just a few decades from now. Cars will become a thing of the past with trains and trams providing the majority of our transportation needs. Subdivisions will become obsolete due to the lack of vehicles to transport people into the cities. The search will be on to find ways to bring more fuel resources into not just America but other countries as well from those that still have them. And jobs will become even harder to find due to the lack of being needed.
Of Time and Place also takes you on a journey from New York, DC, Savannah, Ga and on to Florence and Paris. You’ll visit places that most of us only dream of and through a description that will make you feel as if you’ve been there.
The life story of James Lenderman is one that has the common ups and downs. Love that goes wrong, love found and the undying love of true friendship. As I read Of Time and Place, I couldn’t help but compare Author B. R. Freemont to another favorite author of mine… Nicholas Sparks. Their style is similar so if you like one, you’ll like both. This is truly a touching yet eye opening book.
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