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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This is quite often the case with PBS-type documentaries, but usually the books based on such films at least have a number of nic I checked this book out because it was on a list that appeared, I think, in the Food rpidemic Drink issue of the New York Times Magazine.

It programs us to substitute consumption for both citizenship and companionship. During the s he was president of a major software firm.

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

I gave it a three because it’s caused me to think a bit more about what I want, but I’m not even sure if it deserves that many stars based on the writing and the organization. I don’t think this is fair or accurate. The authors honestly don’t know when to stop with this joke and push it too far. Stacey Ann rated it really liked it Sep 02, Pepper so they could sell more drinks and make more money.

Books by Thomas H Naylor. Their examples are way over the top exaggerations–usually punctuated with exclamation marks–designed more to hook the emotions than to engage the mind. The book starts with Symptoms of Affluenza. But more importantly, they explore cures and suggest strategies for rebuilding families and communities and for restoring and respecting the earth.


Melissa Connors is currently reading it Sep 29, 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. Or, at least the parts that I liked were excellent.

Affluenza is described as “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more”. The fact that the boom times during which the book was written have ended brings some hindsight, but I must confess that I skimmed the last several chapters extremely quickly.

I enjoyed the premise of the book. Affluenza was not the refreshing, motivating read I had anticipated. Government is the problem, not the solution.

Not a big deal, and it didn’t make or break the read for me.

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This excellent book treats the values of the American consumer economy and the fpidemic effects of increasing Afflunza demand for consumer goods in all their forms–on politics, on families, on the environment. Also, I don’t think the current economic downturn is going to have any lasting effect on American spending, debt, or consumption. 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.

It covered several interesting aspects of affluenza–consumption, debt, environmentalism, etc. We are the stuffed men” page epide,ic 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.


Alk-consuming drive for more uses more energy, creates more waste, encourages isolation, and feeds a machine of industrialization that exists only for profit.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

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But I can’t wholeheartedly jump on the Affluenza bandwagon.

Andrew marked it as to-read Apr 02, My library Help Advanced Book Search. I think first of all, those who are consumerist won’t even read because they are too busy shopping. Initially this is entertaining, but once you get pages in, it becomes irritating and cringy. But like I said, I still really enjoyed the read.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I was going right along with them, nodding in agreement and shouting, “Right on! This book is sobering to read in the way that a doctor’s pronouncement of a chronic disease subdues. Mar 23, Margie rated it liked it Shelves: Unfortunately, the premise was weak, there was no hook, they just epidemkc smacking around that poor dead horse. By some of their comments, I suspect they are not conservative evangelical Christians. And you will have allconsuming it was not your own, though for too many of us the stories and scenes will seem familiar.