Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2002 - Consumption (Economics) - 268 pages
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In chapters with titles like "Swollen Expectations" and "A Rash of Bankruptcies, " Affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject: the damage done -- to our health, our families, our communities, and our environment -- by the obsessive quest for material gain. The authors examine the origins, evolution, and symptoms of the affluenza epidemic. But more importantly, they explore cures and suggest strategies for rebuilding families and communities and for restoring and respecting the earth.

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It was pretty interesting for educational purposes. - Goodreads
A few too many opinions-badly-disguised-as-scholarship. - Goodreads
Thoroughly entertaining, educational and eye-opening. - Goodreads
Choppy writing style- choppier than my review. - Goodreads

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Read this book for my English class. The first 14 chapters kept me interested, but the rest of them kind of seemed repeated. It was pretty interesting for educational purposes. Read full review

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Part I of this book gets five stars, the later parts, maybe a three. It's far left of what I usually read, but I have struggled for some time with the idea that we measure the health of our economy ... Read full review


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About the author (2002)

de Graaf is a documentary television producer. He lives in Seattle.

David Wann is a master gardener and holds a Master's degree in environmental science. He is the author of Deep Design and a co-author of the acclaimed Affluenza. He has written for Colorado Country Life magazine as well as several newspapers.

Thomas Naylor is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University. During the 1970s he was president of a major software firm. He's written the New York Times and other major publications and thirty books, including the recent, much-discussed "Affluenza." In 2003 he founded The Second Vermont Republic. Naylor lives outside Burlington Vermont.

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