I envisioned The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security as a survey of the best thinking on a wide array of subjects—everything from Social Security and pensions to health care, fifty-plus careers, entrepreneurship, and volunteering. As such, I relied on experts in many different fields for guidance. Many were generous with their time, sharing information and research and agreeing to review and comment on chapters. My sincere thanks go to Andrew Eschtruth, associate director for external relations at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College; Christine Fahlund and Stuart Ritter, financial planners at T. Rowe Price; Sheryl Garrett, founder of the Garrett Planning Network; Alan Glickstein, senior consultant at Watson Wyatt; Martha Holstein, ethicist at the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group; Cindy Hounsell, director of the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement; Marika and Howard Stone, principals of 2Young2Retire; Steve Vernon, president of Rest-of-Life Communications; and Jeff Williams, principal at
Others who provided invaluable assistance by reviewing and commenting on early drafts of the book include Dan Cornfield, Jane Kaplan, Bob Handler, Susan and Steve Varick, and Lila Weinberg.
I'd also like to thank two other writers who coached me through this first experience with book publishing—my friends Steve Fiffer and Jane Kaplan. The advice of my agent, Lynn Haller at Studio B, also was invaluable. I'm also indebted to Stephen ...