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“Only Roy Rowan could have written this book: part world tour, part excursion into the human body. From war zones to political conventions, from baseball to anti-inflammatories, from Mao to Mark Twain, this is the stuff of life, and a how-to guide to growing older . . . in great fashion!”

            —Brian Williams, NBC News


“Roy Rowan is not exactly like you and me: he fought in one war and covered three others, palled around with Presidents, ran the New York marathon, and survived three cancers. But out of all these adventures and crises, he has written a book that is marvelously beneficial to every one of us on the far side of middle age. Do not go gentle, he insists, but live with the three E’s, Enthusiasm, Exertion, and Energy. If you do, Scouts Honor, you’ll move up the alphabet to wonder years of Pride, Productivity, and Passion.”

            —Richard B. Stolley, founding editor People magazine and senior editorial adviser, Time Inc.


“Want to learn how to age gracefully and have a great retirement? Then this is NOT the book for you! Roy Rowan, a great journalist, offers instead delightful tales and lessons about having a feisty and active old age. It’s both a charming memoir and a fountain of insight for anyone who plans to live until at least 100.”

            —Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute, author of Einstein and Benjamin Franklin


“You can’t be too old—or too young—not to enjoy Never Too Late. Roy Rowan’s advice to us pre-Boomers isn’t just uplifting. Even better: it’s downright practical.”

            —Frank Deford, author of Bliss, Remembered


“The marvelous course of Never Too Late winds back and forth between primer and memoir. The primer part offers lessons for living a fruitful, exciting life in the post-retirement years. . . . The book's main inspiration . . . is the full, adventurous, rollicking life story of the author himself, whose ardor for journalism keeps him extraordinarily productive at age 91. . . . The main lesson of Never Too Late is that you can keep excelling at something you love for a long, long time. Roy Rowan was lucky indeed to find what he was put on this earth to do from early on. His message is that you can find it at any age. The spires of Venice and domes of Istanbul await you. So think with your heart, pick a romantic destination, and get on that train.” —Fortune.com


“There’s enough adventure in this book to keep your heart pounding deep into your senior years. As an accomplished field reporter and journalist, Roy Rowan has seen the front lines of combat, talked with dictators and lived (temporarily) as a vagabond to report on our homeless problem. And this book captures all of his energy, spirit, curiosity, and wisdom. It’s packed with vivid stories, wonderful quotes, and wise comments that show how growing old can be just as exciting and fulfilling as any other part of living. I hope I’m like Roy Rowan when I’m ninety. He rocks. And we can, too. It’s a wonderful read.”

            —Helen Fisher, anthropologist Rutgers University, author of Why Him? Why Her?



“This adventure- and wisdom-packed book is a boon to seniors who will no longer need to apologize for the space they take up on the planet. It will also help the young prepare for geezerhood.”

            —Albert Rosenfeld, author of Prolongevity II




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ISBN-10:  0762763760
ISBN-13:  978-0762763764
Publisher:  Lyons Press
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review by . August 23, 2011
When I picked up Never Too Late: A 90-Year-Old's Pursuit of a Whirlwind Life by Roy Rowan at the library, I was intrigued. Here we have a 90-year-old guy who has been all over the world as a reporter, covering many critical moments in world history and interviewing the leaders who were part of them. It sounded as if he had learned how to live life to the fullest regardless of age, and was going to share those insights with the reader. And he does that... for about half the book. It then morphs …
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