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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892968915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892968916
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...An inspiring resource."

--- Wall Street Journal

"Peter Spiers's new book MASTER CLASS is a wonderful exploration of the journey to be traveled by the Baby Boom Generation, the 76 million of us who are awakening to a wonderful opportunity of self-discovery. The book is filled with personal stories, tools, and practical advice on how to live all life to the fullest, how to remain engaged and a lifelong learner, and to make the right choices for successful aging. As one whose career is dedicated to educating the public on the miracle of the human brain and how to promote brain health across the lifespan, I recommend MASTER CLASS and salute Peter on a moving contribution."

---Paul D. Nussbaum, Ph.D., author of Save Your Brain: The 5 Things You Must Do to Keep Your Brain Young and Sharp

"Legions of Baby Boomers, if they take command of their lives, can experience unprecedented satisfaction and longevity in retirement. MASTER CLASS will show them the way."

---Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., author of A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement and Success

"MASTER CLASS is the consummate how-to guide for every baby boomer and beyond to mold their vision of positive aging into reality. Step-by-step it provides a practical and concise road map to achieving optimal personal growth and well-being as we age."

---Marc E. Agronin, M.D., author of How We Age: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Growing Old

About the Author

Peter Spiers is Senior Vice President at Boston-based not-for-profit Road Scholar where he is responsible for strategic planning, marketing and communications, and research. Prior to joining Road Scholar, he worked for 17 years at Rodale, Inc. as publisher, group publisher, and vice president for strategic planning.

He is a graduate of Harvard College, the London School of Economics, and the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth. He is the co-author of "The Group House Handbook" (Acropolis, 1982) and editor of "The Elderhostel Odyssey" (Elderhostel, 2005).

More About the Author

Peter Spiers (1954- ) was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Northern Virginia and London, England. He holds degrees from Harvard College, the London School of Economics, and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He worked at Rodale, Inc., for 17 years, serving as publisher of Backpacker magazine, and VP/group publisher for magazines including Backpacker, Bicycling, Mountain Bike, and Rodale's Scuba Diving. Since 2002 he has worked at educational travel not-for-profit Road Scholar as Senior Vice President for Strategic Outreach, managing strategic planning, communications, and research. He lives in Lexington, Mass., with his wife Melissa and sons Tomas and Andy.

Customer Reviews

Easy reading and very interesting.
Margaret Garvey
The ideas in this book are inspiring and exciting and I'm ready to embark on a journey to "live longer, stronger and happier."
Edwina E. Cowgill
I'm sure I will return to it several times.
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A. Bergamini on June 26, 2012
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Terrific book!

I'm 58. A few months ago I realized that my daily routine had become way too comfortable and, well, easy. I have a good job that I'm good at. I swim, do yoga or run every day. On weekends I garden, do projects and invite the kids over for Sunday dinner. I love my wife and we are very happy.

I also wake up every morning with aches, pains and stiffness. I have a fairly short list of things I like to do and I feel I'm losing my mental edge. I'd just as soon walk away from a political argument than join it, and I give up on the extra hard Sudokus way too quickly.
I'm thinking it's time to shake things up a bit, so I headed over to Amazon to search for ideas Turns out there are tons of books related to this. I found books on the aging brain, improving mental activity, and memory, books on improving the social life of empty nesters, books on middle aged "safe" exercise, books on" Happiness Theory" (really?), books on the importance of spirituality, and on and on.

As I browsed Amazon, I realized that my real question was one of balance. Is there any guidance as to how much time I should be spending doing exercise, vs. Socializing, vs. challenging my mind, vs. spending time with family etc? Is there a recommended balance of activities that will properly exercise and stimulate my mind, body and spirit?

Ultimately my Amazon browsing brought me to this book. It had just been published and there were no reviews but I bought it anyway based on the description. I just finished reading it and started to put its suggestions into daily practice. (learning Japanese and joining a choir).

This is not a guru book filled with philosophy and feel-goodisms (although some Gurus are reviewed).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Book Mark on June 28, 2012
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Perhaps there has never been any generation more interested in having a successful and happy journey through old age than the current wave of seniors -- the Baby Boomers. This group is the least likely to simply take what comes -- they want the very best that old age can offer. That's the purpose of this book: to equip aging Boomers with the mental tools and habits necessary for a fruitful and fulfilling seniority.

The author takes the reader beyond brain health, into the world of true mental health, which necessarily involves new and stimulating experiences -- learning and travel being at the top of the list. But what are the first steps? The opportunities are so vast that the initial stages of this period of potential joy can be daunting. But despair, disappointment, and regret are not requirements of old age.

Drawing from real life stories of successful aging, the author provides a "road map" toward happiness for seniors. This means seizing life and chasing dreams. It means staying engaged in stimulating and fulfilling activities. And it means doing everything that's possible to maximize happiness -- and there are the real-life stories, based on hundreds of hours of phone interviews, to show you the way.

On days when you're feeling a bit, well, "weatherbeaten," and maybe want to be able to get the blood pumping without actually getting... out of bed... check out Get Fit in Bed by Tartell and Kavanau. And for an invigorating and inspiring -- even life-giving -- view of the world, check out Reenchantment of Everyday Life by Thomas Moore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Naomi on March 22, 2013
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I am slowly reading your words having been diagnosed with MS 5 years ago. Within 18 months, I went from a cane, to 3 walkers, a wheelchair, scooter, and hopefully this great battery operated wheelchair.Yes,we do lose family and friends, but new friends and great books add SO MUCH!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Schneider on August 29, 2013
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I thought it was a bit pompous and rather boring.
I had hoped it would be helpful. I sent it back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucky Day on January 18, 2013
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I would buy the paperback version if I were redoing my purchase - for the book to truly be effective, you need to fill in the charts and ratings - depending upon the format of a paperback it would be easier. A spiral bound edition would be perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Florida librarian on October 17, 2012
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This book is an excellent introduction or a booster to one's interest in a wonderful organization - ROAD SCHOLAR! I have been on over a dozen of their programs, and I will probably never go on a trip through another organzation in the future.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By True Coach on September 2, 2012
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I devoured this book, once I got started. It really increased my enthusiasm for this stage of life - while other things about the stage can be "downers". The only thing that kept me from giving it an extra star is that I just haven't started the system. It stimulated a lot of ideas for me, and I have been busy, but not documenting it. I think this would lend itself nicely to a group experience.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Edwina E. Cowgill VINE VOICE on June 29, 2012
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Master Class

In Master Class, author Peter Spiers shows the 78 million Baby Boomers in the United States how to "live longer, stronger and happier."

Spiers is the Senior Vice President of Road Scholar, and interviewed many members of that organization as part of his research for this book. Comments from interviewees are included throughout the book.

The premise of the entire book is based on four ideas as the elements of the "Master Life:" "socializing, moving, thinking and creating."

In the first part of the book, Spiers explains the "master life" theory and expounds on the four elements as mentioned above. The remaining four sections helps the reader create their own Master Life. The reader completes assignments for each of the four elements. At the end of each section, the reader takes a final exam.

The ideas in this book are inspiring and exciting and I'm ready to embark on a journey to "live longer, stronger and happier." Every baby boomer should read this book, keep it close at hand for reference, and implement this program in their life.

Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger and Happier published on June 26, and is now available at your favorite bookstore or order it online through Amazon.
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