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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Affluenza by John De Graaf. We tried to warn you! The economic collapse proved how resilient and dangerous affluenza can be.

Now in its third edition, this book can safely be called prophetic in showing how problems ranging from loneliness, endless w affluenza, n. 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. 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 underlying message isn’t to stop buying–it’s to remember, always, that the best things in life aren’t things. Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by Berrett-Koehler Publishers first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Affluenzaplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. Jul 19, Dave rated it it was amazing. Let’s begin with the end. How much of the story will be about moments of clarity and grace, kindness and caring?

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? It’s up to you, and indeed, it’s up to all of us! And you will have wished it was not your own, though for too many of us the stories and scenes will seem familiar.

Affluenza helps readers diagnose the symptoms, understand the causes, and finally find the cures for the disease of over consumption. This book is sobering to read in the way that a doctor’s pronouncement of a chronic disease subdues.

The news could be more episemic, even so the feeling of relief is tempered by the realization that the rest of life all-consumibg need to be different. It would be hard to ignore the wake-up call found in Affluenza urging people to check their wasteful physically and spiritually intemperate consumption.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by Thomas H Naylor

I can only imagine that a person who blows off this book is a person who is numb. 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. My short reviews that get published on my blog are not the place to develop subtle arguments.


So let me just throw out a few things to consider. I have no idea what the spiritual life of De Graff, Wann, and Naylor looks like. Perhaps they are Christians, or maybe not. By some of their comments, I suspect they are not conservative evangelical Christians.

And this, from my perspective as anevangelicalis troubling. Disturbing because we do not often hear conservative evangelicals sounding so intelligent and spiritually mature. I’ve heard countless sermons and testimonies that start the question, “When your time comes and your whole life flashes before you The authors of Affluenza have it right.

A life worth looking back on is a life that holds the interest of the person who lived it, as well as the appreciation of others. Consumerism in no way – absolutely no possible way – prepares a person to reflect on a life well lived.

This book is a resource. The style of writing is such that it is a quick read, mixing anecdotes, facts, and satire. Don’t let the tone fool you. This appears to be a well constructed and researched book. The end notes and bibliography are worth exploring.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

And the suggested cures appeal to those who want to do something right now. I’ll finish up with one more quote, this from page”The American race-car lifestyle is fast approaching burnout because it requires long, stressful workweeks that eat up chunks of life, natural resources, and health.

It programs us to substitute consumption for both citizenship and companionship. And it tries to meetnonmaterial needs with material goods, a losing strategy. Mar 06, Terry Lynn rated it did not like it. This is such an important topic but the writing was so bad that I just couldn’t bear atfluenza.

It’s WAY too polemical. Their examples are way over the top exaggerations–usually punctuated with exclamation marks–designed more to hook the emotions than to engage the mind. It reads like a used-car sales pitch or affljenza infomercial with an agenda rather than a seri This is such an important topic but the writing was so bad that I just couldn’t bear it. It reads like a used-car sales pitch or an infomercial with an agenda rather than a serious treatment of a serious issue.

This book does its subject matter a real disservice. View all 4 comments. Aug 22, Jerry rated it it was ok Shelves: Just finished reading this after seeing it on the libraries sale shelf. The first half of the book would have earned 4 stars from me. Further in though, I found myself getting a bit frustrated with what I would call a left all-consumihg agenda.

Epidenic he will be able to b Just finished reading this after seeing it on the libraries sale shelf. Maybe he will be able to buy another 10, sq ft beachfront mansion. Overall, the book identifies a legitimate problem, and gives a lot of great examples, but ultimately the second half of afluenza book lost my interest. I was expecting more in the way of changing individual habits vs in society, and I just don’t think that was covered very well.


View all 3 comments. Sep 11, Jen added it Shelves: My favorite quote from this book is from T. We are the stuffed men” page 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.

I think a yearly checkup would be a great idea. The first pages are setting the stage, painting a portrait of American culture with almost randomly selected statistics and anecdotes; every paragraph of every section in every chapter could begin with the word “meanwhile.

Meanwhile, in California, a woman was almost hit by a falling piece of airplane. Meanwhile, Jim in British Columbia collects space junk. Meanwhile, University of Arizona “garbologists” garbage anthropologists are studying Tucson landfills. I had to force myself to keep reading. Then, when strategies to combat affluenza were finally presented, I found those strategies to not be, well, not especially helpful i.

I can see lobbying your employer, or choosing a career that is less demanding, but federal mandates? I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in these issues and maybe even some who are not!

View all 5 comments. May 17, Shanelle Sorensen rated tbe liked it Shelves: Excellent points, great information, and it really inspired me to want to change. My issues with it, however, were two-fold: First, this book was based off a documentary.

Obviously a book requires a lot more material than a documentary. In addition to it reading more like a documentary which I don’t think is a good thingthere were many points where All-consuimng could kind of feel or sense the padding. Not a big deal, and it didn’t make or break the read for me. I still learned a lot and consider a very Excellent points, great information, and it really inspired me to want to change.

I still learned a lot and consider a very valuable read. My second issue was that I felt it was a little exaggerated. I felt the authors took extreme examples like couples that would fly somewhere for a weekend for the sole purpose of shopping at a particular place, where they spend thousands of dollars in one weekend and projected that as normal American society.

I don’t think this is fair or accurate. I don’t disagree that hyper-consumerism is a huge problem, but But like I said, I still really enjoyed the read. 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!

If I could give this book no stars, I would. It is deeply disturbing that such a tome of complete indoctrination is being passed off as a textbook in our schools.