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Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life Hardcover – September 2, 2014
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“In Unretirement, Chris Farrell neatly sums up the ordeal that we are said to face . . . One reads the results of his reporting and research almost with a sense of gratitude.” ―The Wall Street Journal
“For older worers at a loss for ideas and eager to postpone the inevitable, Farrell's how-to-cope book will provide a comforting road map and set of possibilities.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Finally, an author doesn't think the Baby Boomer generation is going to bankrupt the nation . . . Farrell makes a great case for a longer working career for many people . . .What a breath of fresh air here.” ―Bookloons.com
“Carefully researched and articulately presented and backed by an abiding positive outlook . . . [Farrell’s] practical book should occupy prominent shelf space in the business collection.” ―Booklist
“Recommended for those unsure that retirement is for them.” ―Library Journal
“This book is absolutely for Boomers, it's also, surprisingly, something that Gen X'ers should check out, too. If you've already retired, are about to, or have worked all your life so you don't have to work someday, Unretirement is unmissable.” ―Peninsula Clarion
About the Author
Chris Farrell is a contributing economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek and senior economics contributor for public radio's Marketplace Money, Marketplace, and Marketplace Morning Report. He is the economics commentator at Minnesota Public Radio. Farrell is also the author of The New Frugality and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Top Customer Reviews
So in that context, Chris Farrell's book about how Baby Boomers are not about to take things on others' terms was an easy sale for me. The best adjective to describe the overall theme is "hopeful." Farrell claims to have attended many conferences, panel discussions and personal fact-finding visits to groups trying to get in front of the retirement perils others are writing so much about. For all the stories we read about where those in their 40's, 50's and 60's unlucky enough to have lost their jobs and struggled to regain their footing, Farrell has found others who have countered obstacles and roadblocks to finally identify new opportunities ... many in jobs that actually help others to navigate into retirement.
The benefit of all this is that it provides a counterpoint to all the negative stories about all that can go wrong when others give up on people because they've gotten old.Read more ›
The “unretirement” movement has no common shared vision or narrative…yet. (Spellchecker doesn't even recognize the word.)
But Farrell’s vision of our “get me a rewrite” moment when it comes to retirement will kick start conversations on ‘my unretirement.’ It could not be a more exciting time.
Practical, clearly written, research supplemented with powerful stories – I highly recommend this book.
For professionals who help individuals/groups reinvent and change course, this is a ‘must read’ – now, before you see your next client. For many stumped individuals (pre-retirees and retirees) confused about reimagining the last third of life, the book provides a solid path to regain footing. For future generations, the value is unprecedented in helping to commit to an extended career arc long past 65... happily.
Successful movements need ‘thought leaders’ to provide context insightful wisdom.
Bravo Mr. Farrell for your voice and clarity.
Most of that generation retired with paid-off residences and vacation homes; company-paid pensions and health insurance; and often rental properties and million-dollar 401K plans. Their "golden years" were filled with affluence and leisure. Most didn't even have to PLAN for retirement. Having a steady, layoff-proof job during a period of affluence automatically took care of that for most.
Then things changed. Employment became less stable. Defined contribution pensions were replaced by 401K plans. Then the Great Recession diminished stock portfolios and home equity. Author Chris Farrell believes things are brighter than they look for those late-career people whose financial lives were set back by layoffs and recessions. He sees them entering upon a social "revolution" that will enable them to get back in the work force and prosper into late old age.
Welcome to unretirement, a revolution in the making "Older workers are going to change the workforce as profoundly as women did," says Deborah E. Banda, senior adviser, AARP Education and Outreach. "The changes they are making in the work place will benefit all generations, not just older workers. "
I was dubious about this noble-sounding idea. My father, who retired at age 62, was an executive with post-retirement offers galore.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was expecting more tips on how to approach working after many years of doing the daily grind. Instead it provided great insights on how we got to where we are at and then took... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I like this book because it avoids the "calculator approach" towards making a decision that is more than just about money. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joe Garbarino
Another example of the way the Baby Boomer generation reinvents every stage of life!!Published 8 months ago by K. E. Brown
Very nice thoughts on the part of the optimistic author. Reality is that boomers that I know are FORCED to work for the rest of their lives due to stock market runs and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lisa M. Schwartz
This is the same-old, same-old. Who is the market for this book? Just Obamadrones, I guess -- they are the only people who would find it reassuring to have the same worn-out... Read morePublished 12 months ago by M. Heiss
Interesting read but different than I thought. I was expecting more of a "how to" book but instead got lots of general trend observations and examples of people that have... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ray Giese