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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User Review  - Chris_Bulin - LibraryThing

This could have been a good book, it is a topic we should all care about. Unfortunately, the premise was weak, there was no hook, they just kept smacking around that poor dead horse. I wanted this book to be revelatory, instead it was somnambulatory. Read full review

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User Review  - auntieknickers - LibraryThing

I checked this book out because it was on a list that appeared, I think, in the Food and Drink issue of the New York Times Magazine. (You'll see many others in my current or recent reading list.) I ... Read full review

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Introduction i
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SYMPTOMS
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Shopping Fever
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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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