Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic / Edition 2by John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H Naylor, David Horsey
Pub. Date: 09/09/2005
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
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 like "Swollen… See more details below
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 like "Swollen Expectations" and "A Rash of Bankruptcies," the authors examine the origins, evolution, and symptoms of the affluenza epidemic. Yet they also explore cures and suggest strategies for rebuilding families and communities and for restoring and respecting the earth.
Demonstrating that now, more than ever, Americans need ways of fighting the affliction, this edition includes a new introduction and updated figures, adds information on the impacts of stress and overwork, and provides an in-depth look at various campaigns and movements offering solutions for today's problems. Engaging, fast-paced, and accessible, it reexamines a serious, far-reaching issue for a wide audience.
Table of Contents
|2||A rash of bankruptcies||18|
|5||The stress of excess||38|
|9||An ache for meaning||72|
|13||The addictive virus||109|
|16||An ounce of prevention||133|
|17||The road not taken||139|
|18||An emerging epidemic||146|
|19||The age of affluenza||153|
|20||Is there a (real) doctor in the house?||160|
|21||The road to recovery||173|
|23||Aspirin and chicken soup||182|
|25||The right medicine||197|
|26||Back to work||206|
|27||Vaccinations and vitamins||214|
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I picked up this book because a local book club planned to discuss it. I was actually quite excited to read it because I have been concerned by the sense of entitlement I've personally been feeling. The writing style was okay and the political cartoons were quite funny. Unfortunately, it became clear by the end of the book that the authors have a very strong liberal bias. Most of the research cited was seriously skewed toward the authors' viewpoint. The discussion would have been much stronger had they also included some of the opposing arguments. I also struggled with the moralistic tone of the book. This could have been so much better than it was. I ended up disappointed and felt like I had spent 250 pages watching a liberal campaign ad. I would also have appreciated some concrete steps the average reader could begin to take to address the issues raised. Simply highlighting a perceived problem without offering some real solutions is less about solving the problem than whining about it. I guess I'll have to look to something written from a conservative viewpoint to see if they can do any better.
This is without a doubt the worst book I ever read. Even the writing is poor to say nothing of the subject being discussed. In various places the book repeats much the same information. There is reminding a person and then there is drilling it into their skull.
We had to use this book as our text for my ENG 111 class and honestly not a single one of us enjoyed it. This is a 277 page book that is 275 pages TOO LONG!!!!! This would have been a better pamphlet than a book. Some of it is interesting but the book as a whole is awful.