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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Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

No eBook available Amazon. I have no life. This book is a resource. Government oversight has been proven to be a failure For example, the authors write at great length about how Americans take vacations with the explicit purpose of visiting various malls, and then go into a made-up anecdote about a family who only cares about shopping on vacation rather than exploring nature or something.

I’d heard very excellent things about it, and it didn’t quite live up to par. A few too many opinions-badly-disguised-as-scholarship.

Living in the U. There are not a lot of “solutions” given, but it rhe be pretty clear to anyone who thinks honestly about these topics: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. My short reviews that get published on my blog are not the place to develop subtle arguments.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I agree with a lot of the general principles around the book; it’s easy because they’re so nebulously presented and there are so many of them.


I wanted this book to be revelatory, instead it was somnambulatory. Unfortunately, the premise was weak, there was no hook, they just kept smacking around that poor dead horse.

Affluenza: The all-consuming epidemic

I felt the authors took extreme examples like couples that would fly somewhere for a weekend for the sole purpose of shopping at a particular place, where they spend thousands of dollars in one weekend and projected that as normal American society.

Even still, they allow drugs to be sold without proper testing, allow harmful additives into food and drink all while slapping on the FDA approved label. And you will have wished it was not your own, though for too many of us the stories and al will seem familiar. John Wilson rated it liked it Mar cojsuming, On the other hand, the mess we’re in now is because of the affluenza of the previous decade.

I get home at night, there’s laundry, bills to pay, jam something into the microwave. The metaphor largely works. Jeanna Wieselmann is currently reading it Aug 30, Nov 23, Shelly rated it liked it.

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

Naylor lives outside Burlington Vermont. The drive for more uses more energy, creates more waste, encourages isolation, and feeds a machine of industrialization that exists only for profit. It’s up to you, and indeed, it’s up to all of us! There are no discussion topics on this consumlng yet.

Sep 11, Jen added it Shelves: Karen Arrowood marked it as to-read Jan 12, Naylor Snippet view – But like I said, I still really enjoyed the read. Actually, it’s been shown that too much choice can leave people feeling dissatisfied with the choices affluenzx do make.


Jun 16, Cameron rated it did not like it.

Affluenza helps readers diagnose the symptoms, understand the causes, and finally find the cures for the disease of over consumption. Demonstrating that now, more than ever, Americans need ways of fighting the affliction, this edition includes cojsuming new introduction and updated figures, adds information on the impacts of stress and overwork, and provides an in-depth look at various campaigns and movements offering solutions for today’s problems.

The book uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease, to catch readers’ attention, and let them know hhe this very serious issue. It programs us to substitute consumption for both citizenship and companionship. So let me just throw out a few things to consider.

Nevertheless, too many repetitions around the same idea sometimes leads the readers distracted. I’m exhausted, I conwuming to sleep, I wake up and this routine begins all over again.

Obviously a book requires a lot more material than a documentary. Nov 22, Daniel Gallagher rated it it was amazing. My biggest issue with this book was its superficiality. Mentally, like author mentioned in this book, we will treat our relationship in a disposal manner, who cares?