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3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
The boomers are rejecting conventional notions of retirement and crossing into a new stage of work--and their energy could transform what work means for all Americans.

The movement of millions of sixty-somethings into a new phase in their working lives constitutes one of the most significant social trends in this country in nearly half a century. Encore describes the compet
Published September 1st 2008 by Public Affairs (first published June 11th 2007)
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Apr 20, 2012 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One aspect of this book I particularly enjoyed was the history of how the concept of retirement was invented as recently as post-WWII as an economic strategy. I like Freedman's reality check that the original design and structure of retirement policy was not intended to support people through 30-40 years of non-work. He not only argues that the current policy is outmoded and a threat to the economic system of today, but also offers some inspiring ideas and case studies of how people are re-inven ...more
Book is overly focused on ideas of the late Peter Drucker. Introduces concept of a "Third Age" career shift, but then repeats this idea over and over. Introduces but does not clearly explain career of "social entrepreneurship." Good online references for retired job seekers in last section of text.
Clif Hostetler
This book puts a positive spin to the prospect of the post WWII babyboom generation reaching retirement age. This book suggests that babyboomers will use their early retirement years to find meaningful and fulfilling work to take the place of their careers that they endured in order to make a living. Underlying this rosy scenario is the fact that if the babyboomer generation instead decides to retire to a life of unproductive leisure that the U.S. economy will simply not be able to sustain the r ...more
Apr 15, 2008 Tami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More and more Baby Boomers are foregoing retirement to fulfill their career dreams. It is a trend that we are hearing a lot about lately. To me, it makes perfect sense. For the majority of people, raising our families, trying to pay off the mortgage, and just trying to survive financially forces us into jobs that pay the bills but leave us feeling cold and uninspired.

Many often fantasize about retirement but in reality the dream falls flat. Having a rest from the chaos of the rat race sounds wo
Mar 15, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, aging
I suspect that there is a significant portion of older adults who do not have the resources to choose a second career based on idealism. Nevertheless, Freedman write a compelling book about many people who do manage to pursue careers that are more about serving the broader community than they are about power, fame, or a fat paycheck. The book actually described my midlife career switch pretty accurately. I was climbing the ladder of success in higher education, but now I am going back to school ...more
Another case of don't judge a book by its cover, or rather, don't expect much from a book based on its cover. Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life - seems like it would be a how to guide of finding work that matters. Instead it just explained the trend that people are working past "retirement age" or finding new careers during this time. The Golden Years were a social construct within the last century. Now that people are living longer they want and need to continue worki ...more
Mar 31, 2009 Michal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out strong, sketching alternate scenarios of the year 2030. In the first scenario, "...the country has gotten tired of footing the bill for the boomers'lengthy retirement and generational conflicts abound." In the second scenario, "...the feared 'Gray2K' was a non event. Faced with the practical necessity of extended working lives, boomers have made it a virtue...and now function as the backbone of education, healthcare, nonprofits and government." The author's description and p ...more
May 25, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not what I expected but I completely enjoyed it. I expected a guidebook of sorts on how to go about "finding meaningful work in the second half of life" but this book is full of ideas on how to recreate the entire view of work in the second half of life. It assert that we must rethink our view of the older worker and change our policies and society to support the older worker in view of our longer healthier life spans. It is brilliant! I am so happy there are people out there actua ...more
Brian Ryer
I found this at the local library (Multnomah County Library, which is absolutely great btw) and was surprised to find out just how much of a meme the concept of "encore careers" already is.

Although a lot of the content concerns folks a little bit further along in their lives and a little bit further up the economic class ladder, it was still rewarding to see that many of them are tired of running hard to stay in place, tired of doing things that not very many people actually want done. So they
Ellen Long
I was hoping for more practical advice, but the same ideas are repeated in each chapter.
I listened to Part 1 and most of Part 2 of the audiobook before deciding that it wasn't worth my time. The history of the concept of retirement was interesting, but past that the figures, statistics and predictions couldn't hold my interest. I was hoping for more personally/business applicable information, I suppose. This felt more like somebody's college paper. Maybe I'm not being fair because I didn't listen to the whole thing, but I don't feel obligated to finish. I don't think I would learn ...more
Jill Corbett
Brought up a lot of good ideas.
Mar 10, 2010 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book makes the case that the time has come for people in the US to expect to have multiple careers throughout their lives. The book describes the history of retirement, including recent history starting with the advent of Sun City. Some examples of middle agers that have gone on to successful second careers are given, and the book ends with policy implications that would support this move to midlife career changing and learning. Kept my interest throughout. Of course, it helps that I'm near ...more
Doug Ross
Dec 28, 2009 Doug Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What makes this book tick is that Freedman shows that after "retirement", Freedman and I both think this word is now a dinosaur, many of us still have much toi contribute and can find work that matters in the second half of our lives. Older workers are loyal, have great work ethics, often can sghare their wisdom, and might well accomplish as much in 25 hours a week as other can in 40 - 45. Civic Ventures offers a "Purpose Prize" each year
Jun 05, 2011 Milka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since most of us will spend at least 40 to 50 of our lives working, we may be drawn to find something more rewarding and fulfilling at some point. Even though this book focuses on people in their 50s and 60s finding a second career to fulfill their passion to make a difference, it's a good read for anyone considering a career change. It will make you think, inspire you and give you ideas about what's available out there.
Sep 01, 2008 Hollis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one in their 50's and 60's
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a great book for all of us 'boomers' trying to figure out what's next in our lives. It presents a wonderful vision of our generation returning to our roots of trying to make a difference in the world, but this time with more financial backing, wisdom, experience and time!
Aug 16, 2008 Caroline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kind of a tedious do-gooder book about finding fulfilment in second, post-midlife careers. The theme is the statisfactions of moving from a life of success to one of significance, through socially beneficial work. What if one is more interested in reversing the trend?
Wai-kit Ng
The premise of the book is simple - people live longer lives and are able to work longer, in an "encore" career. Can't argue with that. It's true. But, I didn't think it required a whole book to establish this. Draggy.
How people did completely different work in their second half of life. Inspiring. The internet sites listed at the end are quite useful.
Nov 05, 2013 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great exploration of the need for folks in my demographic to find new challenges and contribute once their main career is completed.
Aug 29, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very inspiring! Everyone over 45 should read this book and rethink their work lives.
Rosemary Smith
Excellent book to read when thinking about retirement.
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