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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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620401576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620401576
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The reference to this book that motivated me to read it was in one of the many Yahoo articles about the perils of being unprepared for retirement that we see every day and week online. Who's behind all these articles? Financial services companies wanting to take advantage of scaring readers to save and invest? Or writers and reporters who know articles about retirement are what people want to read? Whatever the reasons individuals and corporations have for publishing all of this advice and fear-mongering about successfully saving and transitioning into retirement, I know that I can't get enough of it. They've got my interest.

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.
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In light of all the books on the market about how longevity will affect individuals, communities, the workplace and lifestyles, Farrell finally gives us a worthwhile, outstanding read.

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.
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Most Americans born between 1920 and 1950 lived rags-to-riches lives. They grew up poor during the Great Depression of the 1930s, then were called up to fight World War II. Those who survived the war came home to make their careers during the Great Prosperity of 1945-1999. They worked during a time when salaries, home prices, and stock markets were rising, and career-ending layoffs were rare.

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.

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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. "
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I was dubious about this noble-sounding idea. My father, who retired at age 62, was an executive with post-retirement offers galore.
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By Patsy on January 7, 2015
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Husband is reading. Says the writing is skewed toward a focus on those with upper middle income and upper income realities. All others need not apply. Somewhat tiresome and might not finish the book.
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THIS BOOK REALLY TOOK MY INTEREST. I AM CONTACTING MY LOCAL COLLEGES, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AGNECIES AND OTHERS TO KICK START PROGRAMS IN THIS AREA. AS A "BOOMER" MYSELF AT 63 I HAVE NO INTENTION OF BEING PUT OUT TO PASTURE. I HAVE A HIGH LEVEL OF ENERGY, CREATIVITY AND PASSION FOR MAKING THINGS BETTER. THIS BOOK REALLY BROUGHT ALL OF WHAT I FEEL INTO FOCUS. IT WAS, MY LAUNCH PAD. I ENCOURAGE READING IT AND THINKING ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WITH THE THIS GIFT OF LOGEVITY AND DESIRE.

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