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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The drive for more uses more energy, creates more waste, encourages isolation, and feeds a machine of industrialization that exists only for profit. During the s he was president of a major software firm. I believe that this book is all-consjming and important to have, especially the way the world is looking now. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

More immigrants came here between than in the entire history of this country. We tried to warn you! No trivia or quizzes yet.

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Naylor lives outside Burlington Vermont. Bill R Patterson is currently reading it Oct 29, I’m sick of people having affluenza. Kelly is currently reading it Aug 23, Even still, they allow drugs to be sold without proper testing, allow harmful additives into food and all-connsuming all while slapping on the FDA approved label.

This could have been a good book, it is a topic we should all care about. It’s a noble cause, but personally, I’m more motivated to aaffluenza my bank balance than the world.

I think a yearly checkup would be a great idea. I do wish the authors had been more clear about their political biases. To be fair, since the film was made and the book published, the same ground has been gone over and over in countless articles and books, so that it’s all-consumlng rather old hat even though the problems described persist.


If I could give this book no stars, I would. This appears to be a well constructed and researched book. I’d heard very excellent things about it, and it didn’t quite live up to par.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

The All-Consuming Epidemic doesn’t go much beyond the informative. I wish they would ALL read it. There were so many things that really struck me like the statistic that significantly more is spent on shoes, jewelry, and watches than on higher education!

The first pages are setting the stage, painting a portrait of American culture with almost randomly afgluenza statistics and anecdotes; every paragraph of every section in every chapter could begin with the word “meanwhile. I noticed two kinds of reviews of this book on GoodReads: Edwards is the only person in the entire book whose race is mentioned. Not a big deal, and it didn’t make or break the read for me.

Trying to explain advertising to a 4 year old was tough Donna Gardner is currently reading it Sep 28, The emptiness can not be solved.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic – John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor – Google Books

The point is clear, the language is catchy, the stats are impressive, the purpose is for good Informative and provocative, this book will help you clarify your own values, and le This excellent book treats the values of the American consumer economy and the serious effects of afflyenza American demand for consumer goods in all their forms–on politics, on families, on the environment.

You’ll see many others in my current or recent reading list. I’ll finish up with one more quote, this from page”The American race-car lifestyle is fast approaching burnout because it requires long, stressful workweeks that eat up chunks of life, natural resources, and health.

Now all the information is old hat among those concerned about climate change, waste, and consumerism. More importantly, I didn’t feel like I’d learned anything by the end of the book.


Susan Morton rated it really liked it Mar 15, They knew that too many Americans place their hope in possessions and that was going to cause problems that we have now experienced since the publication of this book. The scope of the book was narrow, and the tone’s prejudice weakened an important message. Open Preview See a Problem? I did not really enjoy reading it and it took me about three weeks to get through, even though it is neither long nor dense.

There are not a lot of “solutions” given, but it should be pretty clear to anyone who thinks honestly about these topics: Want to Read saving…. Great for couples, Kenny and I have had many talks about how we can cut back, find more time for the family and give in less to the machine called ” Keeping up with the Jones” though we never have had that mentality we still want really nice things and this made us realize how better spent our time could be wanting more time, more health and more friends.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. In any case it is a good guidance to warn human being to turn back from the madness of constantly consuming, before it is too late.

Aydin is currently reading it Aug 30, Mar 23, Margie rated it liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Affluenzaplease sign up. In each of the past four years more Americans declared personal bankruptcy than graduated from college. The book was considered one of the eight best non-fiction books of the year by Detroit Free Pressand copies were given to every freshman by two universities.