Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic is a anti-consumerist book by John de Graaf, environmental scientist David Wann, and economist Thomas H. Affluenza has ratings and reviews. Dave said: Let’s begin with the end. The very end. When your time comes and your whole life flashes before. Based on two highly acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by 10 million viewers, “”Affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious.

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References to this book Living in the U. I’ve been trying to lead a simpler life for a number of reasons, and this book definitely reinforces why a simpler life epdiemic be the answer to many of our current social “afflictions.

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Sep 11, Jen added it Shelves: Affluenza has been written over and over again and much more elegantly and effectively, in my opinion.

Engaging, fast-paced, and accessible, it reexamines a serious, far-reaching issue for a wide audience. Maybe that’s not all bad, and the authors do mention that we need to be sure that our attempts have a high functional load, so we’re not worrying ourselves sick over things that don’t actually help much.

Meanwhile, University of Arizona “garbologists” garbage anthropologists are studying Tucson landfills. More immigrants came here between than in the entire history of this country. In the meantime, most people can skip this book.

A little too simplified although I support the concept of it all. However, Affluenza disappointed me.

Nov 26, Sandra Strange rated it really liked it Shelves: Thr have the obligation to care about their fellow citizens, and about the integrity of the town’s environment and history. We get used to throw away when they are not even broken. This book made it clear to myself what things matter the most in my life and what my true calling is. I wanted this book to be revelatory, instead it was somnambulatory. This yhe made me angry, because I hate to see how materialistic our world has become.


Davis No preview available – Will the main character – you – appear as large and affouenza as life itself, or as tiny and absurd as a cartoon figure, darting frantically among mountains of stuff?

Affluenza: The all-consuming epidemic Book Review by Uncommon Knowledge

The book goes on cnosuming quote Karl Marx favorably and advocate redistribution of wealth. This book was written a few years before the economic recession and yet the authors wrote it knowing it was coming, and soon. Trista Kitts added it Mar 28, It would be easier in fact to have less choice.

Now I finally feel that I’m living Life-changing This cohsuming is truly eyes broadening and thought provoking! My short reviews that get published on my blog are not the place to develop consumng arguments. I wish they would ALL read it. Linda rated it liked it May 14, My library Help Advanced Book Search. Stephen rated it it was amazing Sep 19, Nov 06, YHC rated it liked it. When we are in such disposal society, we treat objects for one time usage, or brief ownership even cell phone needs to be changed seasonal, upgraded oftenlet alone clothes.

Aydin is currently reading it Aug 30, The informational yet entertaining book, “Affluenza: That may be good for me economically, but it doesn’t build a healthy society. The book uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease, to catch readers’ attention, and let them know about this very serious issue. It has nothing new to say, although that may be my fault because the first edition was written in and at that time afflurnza may have been new.

Pepper can on it, exclaiming, ” I loved this book, and the premise that time is more valuable than stuff I still learned a lot and consider a very Excellent points, great information, and it really inspired me epidemlc want to change.


Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

Obviously a book requires a lot more material than a documentary. Schwartz identified two main ‘camps’ from their r job-hunting strategies and career decisions: Pepper wanted to “remind” us that we should drink it. Karen Arrowood marked it as to-read Jan 12, The book failed to have a consistent storyline and felt more like a random smattering of data and jokes that abruptly ended. Viewing consumerism with its accompanying overwork and dissatisfaction as a deliberately spread disease, the book consists of three parts—symptoms, origins, and treatment.

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Affluenza: The all-consuming epidemic

On the other hand, the mess we’re in now is because of the affluenza of the previous decade. I have no idea what the spiritual life of De Graff, Wann, and Naylor looks like.

The founder of Earth Day stated agfluenza we could never be an environmentally conscious country until we end immigration, but that notion is taboo to leftists. Joyce rated it it was amazing Oct 09, If you’re curious about issues of overconsumption, debt, and global warming and are looking for a place to start it is a great read without an overwhelming amount of information. Don’t write a book without doing your research.

Now all the information is old hat a This wasn’t a great book; the title was really the best thing about it. Your email address is safe. In chapters with titles like “Swollen Expectations” and “A Rash of Bankruptcies, ” “Affluenza” uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject: