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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Besides that, a greener economy would do the world good. Jun 14, Erin rated it did not like it Shelves: Overall, the book identifies a legitimate problem, and gives a lot of great examples, but ultimately the second half of the book lost my interest.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by Thomas H Naylor

I still learned a lot and consider a very valuable read. Thanks for telling us about the problem. More importantly, I didn’t feel like I’d learned anything by the end of the book. Mar 27, Anna rated it did not like it. Jeanna Wieselmann is currently reading it All-conzuming 30, Andrew marked it as to-read Apr 02, I do wish the authors had been more clear about their political biases.

This book does its subject matter a real disservice. Susan Morton rated it really liked it Mar 15, Open Preview See a Problem? I’ve heard countless sermons and testimonies that start the question, “When your time comes and your whole life flashes before you Didn’t read a word of the Causes section, and started up again with Treatments. Or, at least the parts that I liked were excellent.


Secondly, the book did not teach me much about consumerism- I could have learned more from perusing the Wikipedia page on “Consumerism. Mar 06, Terry Lynn rated it did not like it.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

I’m sick of people having affluenza. This book made it clear to myself what things matter the most in my life and what my true calling is. I decided to take the action of becoming vegan and made myself a mission of simplifying my life and promoting a simply lifestyle to others.

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Jun 16, Cameron rated it did not like it. In cleverly titled chapters like “”Swollen Expectations”” and “”A Rash of Bankr 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 subject: If I could give this book no stars, I would. There was very little scholarship in this book, so there would be stats that didn’t necessarily mean what the authors said they meant, and I wanted to be like, “Yeah, but, what about?

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. Now all the information is old hat among those concerned about all-cosnuming change, waste, and consumerism. 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.


Branden Chalmers marked it as to-read Dec 05, In fact, it was so painful that I skipped about pages, right in the middle of the book. During the s he was president of a major software firm. In fact, there was a short “quiz” to determine whether the reader has “symptoms of affluenza” and the results were laughable i.

There are a ton of references that explore related topics from living simply to personal finance. Kaitlyn Elizabeth Wilmer-Fierro is currently reading it Sep 30, And yes, that’s meant to be ironic. The economic collapse proved how resilient and dangerous affluenza can be. The book starts off with s If I could give this book no stars, I would. To ask other readers questions about Affluenzaplease sign up.

The year is now and Richard Branson hasn’t even made the maiden voyage.

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