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Titre : Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the...
Éditeur : Tantor Media, Inc, United States
Date d'édition : 2011
Reliure : CD-Audio
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Unabridged library ed.
Language: English . Brand New. 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. N° de réf. du libraire AAC9781452630373
Susan Jacoby, an unsparing chronicler of unreason in American culture, now offers an impassioned, tough-minded critique of the myth that a radically new old age?unmarred by physical or mental deterioration, financial problems, or intimate loneliness?awaits the huge baby boom generation. Combining historical, social, and economic analysis with personal experiences of love and loss, Jacoby turns a caustic eye not only on the modern fiction that old age can be ?defied? but also on the sentimental image of a past in which Americans supposedly revered their elders.
Never Say Die unmasks the fallacies promoted by twenty-first-century hucksters of longevity?including health gurus claiming that boomers can stay ?forever young? if they only live right, self-promoting biomedical businessmen predicting that ninety may soon become the new fifty and that a ?cure? for the ?disease? of aging is just around the corner, and wishful thinkers asserting that older means wiser.
The author offers powerful evidence that America has always been a ?youth culture? and that the plight of the neglected old dates from the early years of the republic. Today, as the oldest boomers turn sixty-five, it is imperative for them to distinguish between marketing hype and realistic hope about what lies ahead for the more than 70 million Americans who will be beyond the traditional retirement age by 2030. This wide-ranging reappraisal examines the explosion of Alzheimer?s cases, the uncertain economic future of aging boomers, the predicament of women who make up an overwhelming majority of the oldest?and poorest?old, and the illusion that we can control the way we age and die.
Jacoby raises the fundamental question of whether living longer is a good thing unless it means living better. Her book speaks to Americans, whatever their age, who draw courage and hope from facing reality instead of embracing that oldest of delusions, the fountain of youth.
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