Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic / Edition 2

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic / Edition 2

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by John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H Naylor, David Horsey
     
 

ISBN-10: 1576753573

ISBN-13: 9781576753576

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

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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 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576753576
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/09/2005
Series:
BK Currents Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.66(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Symptoms9
1Shopping fever11
2A rash of bankruptcies18
3Swollen expectations23
4Chronic congestion31
5The stress of excess38
6Family convulsions47
7Dilated pupils54
8Community chills63
9An ache for meaning72
10Social scars81
11Resource exhaustion89
12Industrial diarrhea100
13The addictive virus109
14Dissatisfaction guaranteed114
Pt. 2Causes125
15Original sin127
16An ounce of prevention133
17The road not taken139
18An emerging epidemic146
19The age of affluenza153
20Is there a (real) doctor in the house?160
Pt. 3Treatment171
21The road to recovery173
22Bed rest177
23Aspirin and chicken soup182
24Fresh air188
25The right medicine197
26Back to work206
27Vaccinations and vitamins214
28Political prescriptions221
29Annual check-ups234
30Healthy again242

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SuperMomof4 More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.