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. Now in its third edition, this book can safely be called prophetic in showing how problems ranging from loneliness, endless w affluenza, n.

I would get excited every time the authors would seem to start talking about the psychology of consumption, but this was always just a setup for some clever I’m interested in the concepts of consumerism and materialism, so I really wanted to enjoy this book and was drawn in by the title and cover art. Perhaps they are Christians, or maybe not. It’s not affluenzaa without analysis, but I wanted so much more.

My issues with it, however, were two-fold: I wavered between 2 and 3 stars. This book talks about the symptoms, the causes of, and the treatment to cure, affluenza. I recommend Tolstoy, Dickens, and history itself. This hte was last edited on 3 Octoberat This excellent book treats the values of the American consumer economy and the serious affleunza of increasing American demand for consumer goods in all their forms–on politics, on families, on the environment.


It sll like a used-car sales pitch or an infomercial with an agenda rather than a seri This is such an important topic but the writing was so bad that I just couldn’t bear it. A few too many opinions-badly-disguised-as-scholarship.

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

A little too simplified although I support the concept of it all. 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: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

The consumption of americans is so out of hand and gross. A little too preachy. Jun 16, Monica rated it liked it. Meanwhile, in California, a woman was almost hit agfluenza a falling piece of airplane. Advertising dollars are spent, particularly since the advent of TV, to socialize us all into thinking more is better, newer is better, and throwing things out is perfectly okay.

Affluenza: The all-consuming epidemic

This book takes a consuuming look at the consequences and causes of our consumer culture and offers some alternatives to living a life controlled by “stuff”. There was very little scholarship in this book, so there would be stats that didn’t necessa Excellent book. Schwartz found that while maximizers often ended up with better paying jobs than satisficers, on average they were not as happy with their decision.


Naylor Snippet view – Their examples are way over the top exaggerations–usually punctuated with exclamation marks–designed more to hook the emotions than to engage the mind. Besides that, a greener economy would do the world good. Mansour Assery is currently reading it Jan 10, Just a couple things that jumped out tue me: I’d call this a “beginner” book.

But there was little detail offered on any subject. Having said that, I’ll re-read it in a few years. I do conwuming the authors had been more clear about their political biases.

Marianne marked it as to-read Apr 21, Jul 19, Dave rated it it was amazing. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in these issues and maybe even some who are not!

I think first of all, those who are consumerist won’t even read because they are too busy shopping. The book starts with Symptoms of Affluenza. When Too Much is Never Enough. More communing with nature.

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