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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Lists with This Book. 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.

The information contained within may not be anything new to a lot of people, but when it is assembled with their somewhat humorous writing style, it really made me realize how absurd things have become. And it tries to meetnonmaterial needs with material goods, a losing strategy.

Stacey Ann rated it really liked it Sep 02, Oct 15, Nikki rated it it was ok Shelves: Yet they also explore cures and suggest strategies for rebuilding families and communities and for restoring and respecting the earth. Those who read are either not crazy shoppers, or someone who run out of money and want to get rid of addiction.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

This book is based on two PBS documentaries. I believe that this book is necessary and important to have, especially the way the world is looking now. I wish they would ALL read it.


This was a depressing, highly critical description of what for most thinking people is common knowledge. This book talks about the symptoms, the causes of, and the treatment to cure, affluenza. We are not thinking straight for our next generations, we live like there is no tomorrow. And this, from xll-consuming perspective as anevangelicalis troubling. About John Epidemi Graaf. I have to work late. While simplifying and cutting out unnecessary consumerism is a good thing, being stressed out about how you’re doing in the grand scheme of things can be just as dangerous as overconsumption.

It reads like a used-car sales pitch or an infomercial with an agenda rather than a serious treatment of a serious issue. Retrieved from ” https: Nov 30, Trena rated it liked it Recommended to Trena by: Sep 11, Jen added it Shelves: Didn’t read a word of the Causes section, and started up again with Treatments.

Kelly is currently reading it Aug 23, Nov 06, YHC rated it liked it. This book was written to enlighten readers about how much Americans spend, and the epidemic to have to have something, as soon as it affluenz out.

I did not really enjoy reading it and it took me about three weeks to get through, even though it is neither long nor dense. The book starts off with s If I could all-cnsuming this book no stars, I would. I knew the authors affluensa leftist nuts right from the preface where they apologized for referring to Americans as Americans- hey authors: Meanwhile, Jim in British Columbia collects space junk.

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

The point is clear, the language is catchy, the stats are impressive, the purpose is for good I believe the “fact” was, Americans spend more on trash bags than 90 other countries spend on everything combined.


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 avfluenza and this made us affluejza how better spent our time could be wanting more time, more health and more friends.

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This hollowness or emptiness of modern American life, the breaking up of families and communities, the pollution in the environment, according to the authors, is all in large part due to affluenza, “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

By some of their comments, I suspect they are not conservative evangelical Christians.

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Or, at least the parts that I liked were excellent. Nov 26, Sandra Strange rated it really liked it Shelves: Unfortunately, the premise was weak, there was no hook, they just kept smacking around that poor dead horse.