Books on Aging Issues I’d Like to See in 2012

Hurray for the New Year! What were the best books on aging and gerontology you read in 2011? Here’s the books I’d like to see be published in 2012.
1. How I learned to love Social Security and Medicare by John Boehner, Paul Ryan and The Republican Caucus of the House of Representatives. A change of attitude, a story of awakening and a growing heart, a tribute to a program that has kept our older citizens out of poverty and healthier than ever before.
2. Maggie Kuhn’s Legacy: The Return of the Gray Panthers. A biography of the activist and a description of the new, more militant advocacy arising among our elders.
3. Bismarck, Social Welfare and Capitalism: Lessons from the Iron Chancellor for the United States. Lessons in the importance of knowing that “those who are disabled from work by age and invalidity have a well-grounded claim to care from the state.”
4. Undaunted. Stories of how older persons made it through the Great Depression and how their lessons are helping their children survive the first Great Recession of the 21st century.
5. Through My Beard: A Biography of John Whittemore, the man who competed in athletic events up to his death at the age of 104. A tribute to those who strive forever.
6. Claude Pepper. An unabashedly fond tribute to a left-liberal.
7. The Emotional Intelligence of Aging. A discussion of how we live life more fully as we age due to our increasing ability to understand others’ emotions.
8. How Richard M. Nixon Saved Social Security by Raising Taxes and Increasing Benefits. A true story, often ignored. The title says it all, you Tea Party members.
9. Stopping Boomerang Kids: How to Make Your Children Independent Forever. A how-to book for elders who like their empty nest empty.
10. Mothers and Daughters, by E. Ayn Welleford. A gerontologist weighs in on the most important relationship in contemporary America.