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Affluenza : How Over-consumption is Killing Us-and How to Fight Back - John De Graaf


How Over-consumption is Killing Us-and How to Fight Back


Published: 3rd February 2014
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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: the damage done—to our health, our families, our communities, and our environment—by the obsessive quest for material gain. In cleverly titled chapters such as “Swollen Expectations” and “A Rash of Bankruptcies,” the authors examine the origins, evolution, and symptoms of the affluenza epidemic. But they also explore cures and suggest strategies for rebuilding families and communities and for restoring and respecting the earth.

The 2008 economic collapse demonstrated how prophetic this book was.

The third edition examines the role overconsumption played in the collapse and how our economy and society have changed since then.

The authors also discuss new ways to measure social health and success, such as the Gross Domestic Happiness index, and offer policy recommendations to make our society more simplicity-friendly. The underlying message isn’t to stop buying; it’s to buy carefully and consciously, remembering, always, that the best things in life aren’t things.

About the Author

John de Graaf has worked with KCTS-TV, the Seattle PBS affiliate, for 24 years, as an independent documentary producer. More than 15 of his programs have been broadcast in prime time nationally on PBS. He is the recipient of more than 100 awards for film-making, including three Emmy awards. He is currently active in the Happiness Initiative and is an advisor to the Prime Minister of Bhutan. David Wann is an author, filmmaker, and speaker on the topic of sustainable lifestyles and designs. He has produced 20 videos and TV programs, including the award-winning TV documentary "Designing a Great Neighborhood. David is president of the Sustainable Futures Society and a Fellow of the National Simplicity Forum. He worked more than a decade as a policy analyst for U.S. EPA and co-designed the cohousing neighborhood. Thomas Naylor is a Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University and is the author of over thirty books. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, and Business Week.

"Affluenza has easily passed the test of time and become an American classic, the book that raised our crisis of consumption to national awareness.--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and founder, 350.org "The authors have packed their book with stunning facts, searing insights--and they point out a path forward."--Fast Company "Clear, witty and heartfelt."--Sojourners "It is not a book that shakes a finger in our faces and reprimands hardworking Americans for wanting a little more comfort, elegance, and enjoyment . . . it creates something of real value--a new way of accounting for true happiness in our lives."--Scott Simon, Weekend Edition host, National Public Radio "Affluenza is a sober indictment of the excesses and sheer waste in our increasingly consumer-oriented society. We would all be well served to read the book and pass it on to relatives, friends, and neighbors in the hopes of creating a great public conversation around how to eradicate the affluenza pandemic."--Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Third Industrial Revolution "This witty yet hard-hitting book provides evidence of the social problems caused by the American obsession with acquiring 'stuff' and proposes solutions for living more sustainably. Highly recommended."--Library Journal "Now here is a good reason to go shopping! The wonderful book that made consumerism the issue it should be, Affluenza, is here in a third, fully updated edition. The story of the Joneses, of 'keeping up with the Joneses' fame, is itself worth the very modest price you will have to pay to enjoy this classic, now new and improved."--James Gustave Speth, author of America the Possible and former director, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies "If ever there was a right book at the right time, Affluenza is it. This country needs this book."--Lester R. Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute, author of Plan B 4.0 and

ISBN: 9781609949273
ISBN-10: 1609949277
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 3rd February 2014
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.45