Simon & Schuster Paperbacks. New York (2014)
By: Dr. Bill Thomas
Second Wind is a thought provoking and inspirational book on the developmental journey of the Baby Boom generation. Dr. Thomas shares his experience as a geriatrician in a narrative that offers a snapshot of the world which has shaped the life journey of today’s aging population. He takes a critical stance on society’s treatment of the Aged and promotes their wealth of experience as well as their wisdom.
The book is composed of four parts outlining the flow of forces leading to a life beyond adulthood: The First Crucible, The Rise to Power, The Second Crucible, and Life beyond Adulthood. According to Thomas the narrative is in part “an attempt to retell the foundational generational tale of our time”.
As a trailblazer, the author believes that ‘’there is a new age out there, waiting to be born’’ and he certainly does his share to bring this creation to fruition. This is a book for those searching for a better understanding of the elderly and especially, it is a book presenting a different perspective on the superglue, peacemaker, gist-catcher attributes of the elderly.
(Book review by Jeanne Brideau)