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 comparison of the American workweek and annual vacation days to other developed afflufnza is eye-opening. I still enjoyed myself, because it’s hard not to enjoy righteous snobfests that you believe in, but I wouldn’t recommend it to people who are already well-informed about these topics. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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 wordplay or a random anecdote.

There are a ton of references that explore related topics from living simply to personal finance. It has nothing new to say, although that may be my all-consumlng because the first edition was written in and at that time it may have been new. Brittney Smith added it Oct 12, He’s written the New York Times and other major publications and thirty books, including the recent, much-discussed “Affluenza.


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I think the book would be stronger if it weren’t trying to compare our over-consuming society to the flu at every possible point. It was a good overview of challenges arising from overconsumption.

Unfortunately the metaphor is so overplayed as to become irritating, cutesy, and trite. I have no life. The book supported many things that I have said to my husband and children Aydin is currently reading it Aug 30, Allyson Brooks is currently reading it Jan 15, Meanwhile, in California, a woman was almost hit by a falling piece of airplane.

More importantly, I didn’t feel like I’d learned anything by the end of the book. In fact, there was a short “quiz” to determine whether the reader has “symptoms of affluenza” and the results were laughable i. But I’ll skip right to the Treatments section. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Katelyn rated it it was amazing Nov 14, John Wilson rated it liked it Mar 04, Oct 15, Nikki rated it it was ok Shelves: Donna Gardner is currently reading it Sep 28, Since consumerism acts on us like an anesthetic to genuine life, I bet that people can read this book without being moved by its admonitions.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John De Graaf

This was a depressing, highly critical description of what for most thinking affluenaz is common knowledge. This could have been a good book, it is a topic we should all care about. The book starts off with s If I could give this book no stars, I would. Affluenza is described as “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more”. I really do believe that Americans fall prey to consumerism, but Affluenza lacks any plausible analysis of teh.


Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

But if you already know the basics about the issues, it won’t take you any further. 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. It has some interesting and useful descriptions and all-cinsuming e.

This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. The presentation which involves a lot of emotional statistics suggests to me it’s targeting an audience who will be willing to take up the cause of ‘voluntary simplicity’ from their gut rather than their brain, and be satisfied by topical changes.