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Great timey-wimey high school read. Author predicted CAD program.
Glad that US capital wasn't moved to Midwest.
Protagonist got sent into the future by business partner & his golddigging fiance.
He gets revenge Perry Mason style via experimental time machine by nutcase scientist.
Novel still holds up today.
Written in the mid 1950's, the story is mostly set in 1970, where Heinlein imagines a USA after a six-day-nuclear war. The hero is an engineer and I thought there was a little too much, well, engineering. Also the hero's issues with his fiance and partner were a bit drawn out. Since the book is touted as a time-travel story, I was disappointed to find that plot didn't kick in for about 200 pages. Then the complexities of the paradoxes, etc., became interesting. Some of the "future" imaginings are sort of quaint, with a lot of the plot happening in the year 2000, when a newspaper warns that "Unseasonable Warmth Perils Winter Games." An okay way to spend a few hours although it would have been nice to have an automatic assistant cleaning the house while I read. (Love the cat.)
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