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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (128 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roger Lowenstein Narrator: Michael McConnohie Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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In While America Aged, best-selling author Roger Lowenstein explains how corporations and governments ran up ruinous pension and health-care promises to workers - promises that are now coming due and that will hit America like a tsunami if nothing is done.

Negotiating high benefits means gambling with future finances - and when the farm gets sold out from underneath major corporations or public institutions, it affects all of us, and in ways we might not imagine. With his trademark narrative panache, Lowenstein unravels the truth about how pensions work in America and illuminates the impending crisis. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James Loftus | 10/13/2013

    " Great and important topic - but I never made it past the GM section. It is just too boring and technical. I hope a better writer addresses this important subject so the masses can get their heads around it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Flannery | 9/5/2013

    " Dry as a bag of chips in the desert. As usual Lowenstein goes into excruciating detail. But really interesting, if you're into labor relations and pension plans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nedland P. | 8/8/2013

    " Good description of the coming pension crisis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dimitri | 6/1/2013

    " Excellent - good look at the pressures that cause pensions to rise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shane Atwell | 5/10/2013

    " anti-business "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riley | 3/28/2013

    " While America Aged tells what is now a familiar story: that pensions are grossly underfunded and little is being done to address the problem. In the end, it seems to come down to governments and businesses being unwilling to pay today for something they can (hopefully) put off until tomorrow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trevor | 1/15/2013

    " Short summary I posted - Interesting beyond the story of GM that initially attracted me to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/22/2012

    " Interesting but too heavy for my mood right now...will get back to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 4/23/2012

    " Great overview of how GM's pensions killed its ability to compete with the likes of Toyota and Honda. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/13/2012

    " I certainly learned something from it, although the author gets a little hysterical at times and the book feels rushed. A bit more subtlety and historical perspective would have helped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/4/2012

    " Very informative - the book provides three narratives that illuminate the problems with today's pensions. The GM story is particularly poignant given the current economic climate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 12/9/2011

    " Read it to see how San Diego government crashed and burned and how it is still just ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 10/5/2011

    " It's a well written and readable account of three stories where pensions went wrong. The three examples aren't really tied together, but each situation is powerful enough on it's own. The topics are clearly well researched, and the author's writing style makes this a smooth read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah Weir | 3/11/2011

    " This is the only funny, exciting book in the world about...ACCOUNTING! Lowenstein's style and funny stories make a dry subject entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 2/14/2011

    " This book is pretty dry, but dry like a ton of bricks hitting you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nedland | 12/11/2010

    " Good description of the coming pension crisis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riley | 5/18/2010

    " While America Aged tells what is now a familiar story: that pensions are grossly underfunded and little is being done to address the problem. In the end, it seems to come down to governments and businesses being unwilling to pay today for something they can (hopefully) put off until tomorrow.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 5/8/2010

    " It's a well written and readable account of three stories where pensions went wrong. The three examples aren't really tied together, but each situation is powerful enough on it's own. The topics are clearly well researched, and the author's writing style makes this a smooth read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dimitri | 8/15/2009

    " Excellent - good look at the pressures that cause pensions to rise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 7/23/2009

    " Dry as a bag of chips in the desert. As usual Lowenstein goes into excruciating detail. But really interesting, if you're into labor relations and pension plans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 3/4/2009

    " This book is pretty dry, but dry like a ton of bricks hitting you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 1/26/2009

    " Great and important topic - but I never made it past the GM section. It is just too boring and technical. I hope a better writer addresses this important subject so the masses can get their heads around it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/6/2009

    " I certainly learned something from it, although the author gets a little hysterical at times and the book feels rushed. A bit more subtlety and historical perspective would have helped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 11/18/2008

    " Great overview of how GM's pensions killed its ability to compete with the likes of Toyota and Honda. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/29/2008

    " Very informative - the book provides three narratives that illuminate the problems with today's pensions. The GM story is particularly poignant given the current economic climate. "

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About the Author
Author Roger LowensteinROGER LOWENSTEIN reported for The Wall Street Journal for more than a decade. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg , The New York Review of Books, Fortune, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. His books include Buffett, When Genius Failed, Origins of the Crash, While America Aged, and The End of Wall Street. He has three children and lives with his wife in Newton, Massachusetts.
About the Narrator

Michael McConnohie has appeared in soap operas, cartoons, prime-time television, and on stage. His audiobook readings have ranged from true crime to history, biography, science, self-help, and poetry. He has seen much of the world as a supervisor of foreign versions of major American films and has written and directed English versions of many prominent foreign films. He believes that a good book is a friend you can visit over and over again and always enjoy the conversation.