Regular price: $21.68

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $21.68

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

At a time when many people around the world are living into their 10th decade, the longest longitudinal study of human development ever undertaken offers some welcome news for the new old age: Our lives continue to evolve in our later years and often become more fulfilling than before.
Begun in 1938, the Grant Study of Adult Development charted the physical and emotional health of over 200 men, starting with their undergraduate days. The now-classic Adaptation to Life reported on the men's lives up to age 55 and helped us understand adult maturation. Now George Vaillant follows the men into their 90s, documenting for the first time what it is like to flourish far beyond conventional retirement.
Reporting on all aspects of male life - including relationships, politics and religion, coping strategies, and alcohol use - Triumphs of Experience shares a number of surprising findings. For example, the people who do well in old age did not necessarily do so well in midlife and vice versa. While the study confirms that recovery from a lousy childhood is possible, memories of a happy childhood are a lifelong source of strength. Marriages bring much more contentment after age 70, and physical aging after 80 is determined less by heredity than by habits formed prior to age 50. The credit for growing old with grace and vitality, it seems, goes more to ourselves than to our stellar genetic makeup.
©2012 George E. Valliant (P)2013 Blackstone Audio
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

By Race Easy on 05-31-17

This was my 2015 Bood of the Year

What did you love best about Triumphs of Experience?

I am a practicing epidemiologist, so I really enjoyed this book, written from the perspective of another epidemiologist. I've listened to this book at least three times. Dr. Vaillant does an excellent job of using case histories to illustrate findings from the all of the data collected...

Read More Hide me

By Gerald Holmes on 07-31-16

Tough to follow data tables

Super Interesting but data tables are tough to follow in an audiobook. I kept finding myself wanting to digest the tables in print rather than listening to someone tell me what they say.

Read More Hide me
See all Reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

By Jeff on 04-18-16

Powerful insights. Remarkable read.

Loved it. insightful book. beautifully read. wonderful construction and rivetting presentation. recommended for all readers.

Read More Hide me
See all Reviews
© Copyright 1997 - 2018 Audible, Inc