Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Sep 1, 2005 - Political Science - 288 pages
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Revised edition of a bestseller--over 75,000 copies sold Updated throughout with startling new facts and new material, including the first-ever "Affluenza Fever Index" and a new foreword by Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life Uses a whimsical disease metaphor to explore the serious negative consequences of the obsessive quest for more and more possessions The first edition of Affluenza touched a national nerve. It was named one of the eight best nonfiction books of 2001 by Detroit Free Press. The mayor of Telluride, Colorado urged residents to read it and passed out "IÕm reading Affluenza" buttons at city council meetings. York University in Pennsylvania and Boise State University gave copies to every freshman. Based on two acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by 10 million viewers, 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. Like any medical report, Affluenza begins by detailing the symptoms of the disease. Chapters with titles like Swollen Expectations, A Rash of Bankruptcies, Chronic Congestion, and An Ache for Meaning detail the many negative consequences of our societyÕs compulsive desire to acquire. If it turns out you do have the bug--the book includes a self-diagnosis test so you can find out--the authors detail a number of treatments that offer hope for recovery. This edition features a new introduction and foreword, updated facts and figures, and new material on topics like the impact of stress and overwork, the voluntary simplicity and Take Back Your Time Day movements, and new ways of looking at wealth, as well as the first-ever "Affluenza Fever Index" that assesses the state of affluenza today. Engaging and accessible, Affluenza shows that the good life isnÕt about how many goods you have.

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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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About the author (2005)

John de Graaf has been writing and producing award-winning television programs for several decades. In addition to Affluenza and Escape from Affluenza, he also produced Running Out of Time, For Earth’s Sake: The Life and Times of David Brower, Circle of Plenty, Green Plans, and Genetic Time Bomb, among many others.

David Wann left the Environmental Protection Agency four years ago to concentrate on producing articles, books, and videos about sustainable lifestyles. He is author of two books, Biologic: Designing with Nature to Protect the Environment and Deep Design: Pathways to a Livable Future.

Thomas H. Naylor is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University where he taught for thirty years. As an international strategic management consultant, he has advised governments and corporations in over thirty nations.

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