Why Survive? Being Old in America

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Why Survive? Being Old In America
Author Robert Neil Butler
Publisher Harper & Row
Publication date
Pages 512
ISBN 978-0-8018-7425-3

Why Survive? Being Old In America was written by Robert Neil Butler and published by Harper & Row in 1975,[1] it won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.[2] The book discusses a range of problems faced by older people in American society stemming from poverty, the failures of the Social Security system, and social isolation, and argues for the necessity of comprehensive reform and developing of a strategy for dealing with an aging population.


  1. ^ Butler, Robert Neil (1975). Why Survive? Being Old In America. Harper & Row. pp. 496 pages. ISBN 0-06-010591-7. 
  2. ^ "Pulitzer Prize Winners: General Non-Fiction" (web). pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 

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