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Book Title: Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age|
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The author of the book: Susan Jacoby
Date of issue: February 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9780307377944
Format files: PDF
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The substantive content of this book could fit nicely in the pages of a magazine article. Jacoby fills the rest of her book with prolonged rants and supports her arguments mostly by telling you vaguely sketched anecdotes about what happened to her friends and relatives.
This is a shame, because the subject is one that is vitally important, so a better written, better documented book on this topic might have done some good.
The topic is one that deserves a lot more notice: the way our society romanticizes the very unpleasant realities of what happens to most people in their 80s and 90s. Jacoby is right about the way that the realities of Alzheimers are something we only discover when a loved one develops it and that it is far more horrible than the sentimental media portrayals would have you think. She is also right that the "wisdom" of age is a fantasy for anyone who wasn't wise in middle age. Most importantly she is very right that the societal safety net we count on is not going to be there as the boomer generation hits its 80s and 90s.
But her tone is so off-putting, and there is so little hard data supporting her arguments, that the book fails. I got to where I was skimming towards the end after I realized I wasn't going to learn anything new by reading every paragraph.
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