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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 Full Planet, Empty Plates Affluenza makes us take a hard look at how the drive to excessive consumerism is personally, socially, and environmentally disastrous and then takes us on an exciting path to deeper happiness and satisfaction. It is a must-read for all who strive to create more healthy, just, and secure communities. Anthony D. Cortese, former Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and founder, American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment De Graaf, Wann, and Naylor have achieved something special with Affluenza. They take an unflinching look at the train wreck of America's consumer culture and then extricate us from the wreckage by providing practical policies and achievable actions for building a healthier society. Affluenza is also a great read; it contains the hopeful ideas we need to reach a livable future. Rob Dietz, coauthor of Enough Is Enough The programs offered at the end of the book work on many levels, from making personal choices to changing the rules of the game to reward all actions moving us toward a thriving, just, and sustainable future. So enjoy! This is a great book about a tough-to-face set of problems. Vicki Robin, coauthor of Your Money or Your Life and author of Blessing the Hands That Feed Us Affluenza is an engagingly conversational, thought-provoking look at where we have perverted the American dream. Though the nature of books like these is to preach to the converted, Affluenza offers enough support to the arguments and enough depth to the solutions to have a good chance of reaching the unconvinced. Detroit Free Press You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll cheer. You'll growl. But you'll be challenged and moved by this book. Affluenza looks at our epidemic of overconsumption and shows how we can live simpler, more meaningful lives. It's a fantastic book very funny yet deeply serious. Peter Barnes, cofounder, Working Assets, now CREDO If you sometimes suspect that American life has become a nightmare but you dare not admit the truth to yourself or talk about it to others, take a peek inside Affluenza. The way to end a nightmare is to wake up, and this book is an alarm clock. We have created a world that dishonors all that is honorable, good, and meaningful. There is another possibility. Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism One of the wittiest, most dynamic treatments of the linked problems of our frenetic lives and the destruction of the planet. If you want to feel exhilarated, like jumping up and down and cheering humanity on as we find ways to save the Earth and ourselves, read this book! Cecile Andrews, author of The Circle of Simplicity and Living Room Revolution The material basis for the American way of life is not sustainable here and is not replicable elsewhere. Our feverish mindset is burning up the natural systems that support us. Affluenza provides a witty, informed road map out of this unfulfilling dead end and describes sustainable alternatives that are stimulating, healthy, diverse, and fun. Denis Hayes, Chair, Earth Day Network Affluenza lays out the symptoms, the causes, and (gratefully) the cure. With wit, intelligence, and pizzazz, this trio of authors has brought together a complete guide to the disease that most ails America. Proof of having read the book should be a requirement for opening a charge account, applying for a boat loan, or running a large corporation. Yes! Magazine"

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

John de Graaf is an independent documentary producer who is the recipient of more than 100 awards for filmmaking, including three Emmy awards. He is currently active in the Happiness Initiative (www.happycounts.org) and is an advisor to the prime minister of Bhutan. David Wann is the author of ten books on sustainable lifestyles and designs and the producer of twenty-five documentaries, several of them award winners. He co-designed the cohousing neighborhood he lives in and coordinates the community garden. Thomas H. Naylor is a professor emeritus of economics at Duke University and is the author of over thirty books.

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Thank you for having the courage to write this book! 5. Oktober 2014
Von Healthy WannaBe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I am reading this book for my Sociology of Consumption class and it has changed my outlook on spending. My husband and I had started being more conscientious about our spending but this book is a wake up call!
We all need to reconsider how we let over spending rule our lives. We are not taking into consideration the consequences of our consumption and what legacy we are leaving our kids with. Some of the negative reviews on this website show how some of us are missing the point. We don't need numbers and statistics to do some soul searching of how we want to keep up with the Joneses.
I am pursuing my undergraduate degree in Psychology and then going to Grad school for Marriage and Family Therapy. I definitely will use this book to help families to not be enslaved by over consuming.
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Not Very Useful (or even informative) 8. August 2014
Von Jennifer Townsend - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I bought this book thinking it would have some hard facts, studies, and realistic suggestions for curbing overconsumption. Instead it was largely anecdotal, stating things as though they were fact without any proof- e.g. Europe has a shorter workweek and are substantially happier. There's no actual mention of the actual workweek, productivity and standard of living, or what measure of happiness was used to draw such a conclusion (might I mention I live in Italy and find the standard of living to be generally lower, and am not certain that Italians are happier than Americans as a result of their shorter work-week). Other examples include a statement like, "the simple living website had XX hits this year proving that this movement is gaining momentum"- it doesn't mention how many hits that website had last year, or the year before, and doesn't compare it to the number of hits for shopping sites over the same time period. Further it doesn't annotate that perhaps the weaker economy caused that rather than an idea that Americans are latching ahold of a desire to reduce their consumption. Further the ideas for reducing overconsumption consist of unrealistic or simple mentions about buying a more efficient car, light bulbs, and reusable shopping bags will help simplify your life. Well- carrying around reusable shopping bags is actually more painful than just getting new ones every time you go to the store so that doesn't actually simplify my life (I happen to use reusable shopping bags- but it certainly doesn't simplify my life or encourage me to reduce consumption, it just reduces my waste footprint (which is a desirable goal but one that has NOTHING to do with overconsumption or affluenza)). In short- this is a book full of "nothings" that has nothing very useful to offer.
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Fantastic Read - A Must Read! 22. Juni 2014
Von Robert Benoit - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
An extremely important topic for everyone to read and the solutions practiced. We buy and dispose of way too much stuff. This book focuses in on other aspects of over consumption that I hadn't considered. It is a perfect compliment to the original you-tube video.
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Required reading 29. April 2014
Von ClarkWorld - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The thoughts expressed in Affluenza and its preceding PBS programs are central to our collective understanding of what's driving so much stress, loneliness, and destruction - especially in the U.S., but increasingly, the whole planet - and how we can begin to find our way out, by changing the definition of words like "success" and "progress."
I know that many high school and college courses use this highly-readable book, and that's a great comfort to me, because the next generation will need to deal with many of the debilitating effects this epidemic has caused. This third edition of the book is even more focused on how we can begin to recover, with a strategy similar to those used in rehab programs: admit we have a problem; seek support; and create a healthy, new identity.
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Five Stars 28. Juli 2014
Von Malcolm McDonald - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Fascinating insight into Corporate manipulation.
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