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 emptiness can not be solved. The book goes on to quote Karl Marx favorably and advocate redistribution of wealth.

References to this book Living in the U. Capitalism, the Environment, and The authors have used the metaphor of illness to describe the aspirational acquisitiveness which afflicts our American society.

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

I can think of a few people and I’m related to them who could stand to take a peek in here, though, especially when the most crazed consumer time of year is almost upon us again for me it seems to start at Halloween and goes right through Valentine’s Day. This book was written a few years before the economic recession and yet the authors wrote it knowing it was coming, and soon.

You’ll consumnig many others in my current or recent reading list.

Jenn rated it really liked it Jul 16, It’s almost laughable to read that “growing the economy” shouldn’t be a goal politicians should pursue.


The difference is that while the aim of the cheapskate books is to get yourself out of debt so you can get rich, the aim of this book is to reduce consumption in afcluenza to save the environment. John de Graaf has been writing and producing award-winning television programs for several decades.

In a study, Schwartz observed decision-making among college students during their senior year. Mar 23, Margie rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 11, Jen added it Shelves: No affljenza available Amazon.

Advertising dollars are spent, particularly since the advent of TV, to socialize us all into thinking more is better, newer is better, This was a life changing book for me. It made me understand why I became happier as I got rid of excessive stuff and became a minimalist. We are not thinking straight for our next generations, we live like there is no tomorrow. A little too preachy. Viewing consumerism with its accompanying overwork and dissatisfaction as a deliberately spread disease, the book consists of three parts—symptoms, origins, and treatment.

al I found the purpose of my life as I read this book. 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!

My short reviews that get published on my blog are not the place to develop subtle arguments.

Affluenza: The all-consuming epidemic

Now all the information is old hat among those concerned about climate change, waste, and consumerism. Correct me if I am wrong but I think consumption in the tuberculosis sense meant that the disease consumed a person, not that they were dying because they consumed too much. I’d heard very excellent things about it, and it didn’t quite live up to par.

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They’re a bit extreme about the causes and effects of the affluenza epidemic. Linda rated it liked it May 14, The book starts off with s If I could give this book no stars, I would.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

Will the main character – you – appear as large and noble as life itself, or as tiny and absurd as a cartoon figure, darting frantically among mountains of stuff? Schwartz identified two main ‘camps’ from their r job-hunting strategies and career decisions: About John De Graaf. Great for couples, Epidekic and I have had many talks about how we can cut back, find more time for the wffluenza and give in less to the machine called ” Kee If you want a book that changes your entire outlook on a daily trip to the super market or mall this is it.

This book made me angry, because I hate to see how materialistic our world has become.