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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (147 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Jacoby Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a narrative that combines the intensely personal with social, economic, and historical analysis, Susan Jacoby turns an unsparing eye on the marketers of longevity—pharmaceutical companies, lifestyle gurus, and scientific businessmen who suggest that there will soon be a “cure” for the “disease” of aging. She separates wishful hype from realistic hope in a wide-ranging appraisal of subjects that include the explosion of Alzheimer’s cases, the impact of possible cuts in Social Security on the economic future of aging boomers, and the fact that women make up most of the “oldest old.” Finally, Jacoby raises the fundamental question of whether living longer is a desirable thing unless it means living better, and she considers the profound moral and ethical concerns raised by increasing longevity.

Never Say Die is a lucid, provocative, and powerful argument that Americans, no matter their age, are doing themselves no favor by buying into the myth that they can stay “forever young.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Melbie | 2/17/2014

    " If you are a baby boomer (born between 1946 and 1964) and you read only one non-fiction book this year, I recommend this one. The idea that our older years are going to be our "golden years" is a myth that Jacoby shatters. If you live beyond the age of 85, you have a 50-50 chance of ending up living in a nursing home AND a near 50% chance of having some form of dementia, like Alzheimer's disease. And, if you are that unlucky, say goodbye to your money, what little you will have if Congress gets their way and cuts Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. Read this book, get angry, and do something about it! I am contacting my Congressional Rep. right after I type this last word. . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marie Botcher | 1/26/2014

    " textbook. Very sobering, but probably very realistic for many aging people in our county. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John Kennedy | 1/24/2014

    " Jacoby is a good writer and she has some salient points about how most deaths are lingering and painful. We don't go out playing tennis at 90; we drool and are incontinent in a nursing home. Unfortunately, every few pages Jacoby erupts into an anti-conservative, anti-Christian rant that really isn't germane to the topic. I found it curious that the 66-year-old author chose a picture of when she was much younger for the jacket cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy | 1/24/2014

    " Pretty depressing but oh, so true. In fact, I found myself laughing in many places just because of the sick truth of it all. I didn't quite finish the book because we were leaving on vacation and it wasn't exactly vacation reading. "

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About the Author

Susan Jacoby is an independent scholar and the bestselling author of almost a dozen books, including Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, which was named a Notable Book of 2004 by the Washington Post and theTimes Literary Supplement. Her book The Age of American Unreason was a New York Times bestseller in 2008.