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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Mar 06, Terry Lynn rated it did not like it. The all-consuming epidemic is a thought-provoking examination of what it means to be ‘ill’ in a modern society suffering from “a painful, contagious, socially-transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

Branden Chalmers marked it as to-read Dec 05, consuning My library Help Advanced Book Search. Disturbing because we do not often hear conservative evangelicals sounding so intelligent and spiritually mature. I feel that some of the methods used in this book are great, and that they would be very useful for people who are trying to change their ways.

Mentally, like author mentioned in this book, we will treat our relationship in a disposal manner, who cares? I can think all 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.

No 80 hour work weeks. Besides that, a greener economy would do the world good. This book is based on two PBS documentaries. To be fair, since the film was made and the book published, the same ground has been gone over and over in countless articles and books, so that it’s all rather old hat even though the problems described persist.


Yet they also explore cures and suggest strategies for rebuilding families and communities and for restoring and respecting the earth.

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

Trying to explain advertising to a 4 year old was tough Meanwhile, University of Arizona “garbologists” garbage anthropologists are studying Tucson landfills. Want to Read saving…. It’s a noble cause, but personally, I’m more motivated to save my bank balance than the world. I liked this book because it didn’t seem to have a political This book will force you to reexamine your day to day life as an American consumer.

Now in its third edition, this book can safely be called prophetic in showing how problems ranging from loneliness, endless working hours, and family conflict to rising debt, environmental pollution, and rampant commercialism are all symptoms of this global plague.

A few too many opinions-badly-disguised-as-scholarship. It would be easier in fact to have less epidemc.

Affluenza: The all-consuming epidemic

The news could be more troubling, even so the feeling of relief is tempered by the realization that the rest of life will need to be different. Paulla marked it as to-read Jul 06, 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.

It’s not wholly without analysis, but I wanted so much more. Jenn rated it really liked it Jul 16, No trivia or quizzes yet.

This book is outdated and irrelevant. The economic collapse proved how resilient and dangerous affluenza can be.

Perhaps in these days, it’s precisely the same thing. Initially this is entertaining, but once you get pages in, it becomes irritating and cringy. I can only imagine that a person who blows off this book is conauming person who is numb.

This article is about the book by John de Affuenza. The new edition traces the role overconsumption played in the Great Recession, discusses new ways to measure social health and success such as the Gross Domestic Happiness indexand offers policy recommendations to make our society more simplicity-friendly.


The metaphor largely works. He lives in Seattle. Living in the U. I wanted this book to be revelatory, instead it was somnambulatory.

From inside the book. It’s an approachable, manageable book, and despite the hardcore rhetoric does have some good data and explanations. I xonsuming the book, but found it a bit disappointing.

Other editions – View all Affluenza: 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.

The all-consuming epidemic I live in a town with around four hundred pubs and bars. Or, at least the parts that I liked were excellent. Here are a few of my favorites: Retrieved from ” https: This is quite often the case with PBS-type documentaries, but usually the books based on such films at least have a number of nice photographs that the reader can gaze on at leisure.

The authors of Affluenza have it right. Actually, it’s been shown that too much choice can leave people feeling dissatisfied with the choices they do make. They knew that too many Americans place their hope in possessions and that was going epidsmic cause problems that we have now experienced since the publication of this book.

Affluenza has been written over and over again and much more elegantly and effectively, in my opinion. My library Help Advanced Book Search.