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Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

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Af-flu-en-za - n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

Now revised and expanded, this bestselling classic shows how problems ranging from loneliness, longer work hours, and family conflict to rising debt, environmental pollution, and rampant commercialization are all symptoms of the disease of affluenza.

Extensively updated, this new edition offers solutions for today's problem, including new ways of perceiving wealth. Engaging, fast-paced, and accessible, Affluenza reveals ways of living and working that make more sense and are, ultmately, more satisfying. After all, the best things in life aren't things.

  • Affluenza Discussion Guide [.pdf]
  • Affluenza Teacher Guide [.pdf]
  • Affluenza Test [.pdf]

Authors' Biographies

David Wann

John de Graaf, sociologist, has been writing and producing award-winning television programs for twenty years. Over twenty programs have been aired on PBS including Affluenza, Running Out of Time, For Earth's Sake, and Green Plans, among many others. He is a frequent speaker at colleges & universities and has been a visiting scholar at The Evergreen State College.

David Wann, environmental scientist, left the Environmental Protection Agency to concentrate on producing articles, books, and videos about sustainable lifestyles. He is the author of five books including Biologic: Designing with Nature to Protect the Environment, Deep Design: Pathways to a Livable Future, and Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle. Thomas Naylor is a Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University where he taught for 30 years. As an international strategic management consultant, he has advised governments and corporations in over thirty countries.


Faculty and Student Reviews

  • "The book lays bare many of the aspects of one of the most serious and pervasive issues of modern society and that is preoccupation with affluence and material possessions. It helps to bring perspective to that materialistic orientation and talks about some possible ways of dealing with it. I think that's a very useful topic for our students to think through as they prepare for life: what kind of role that should play or shouldn't play in their plans for the future." -- Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs David Payne 
  • "I love how the book addresses the issue of overconsumption in America as a disease. It addresses the symptoms, causes and treatments in a very stimulating manner through catchy chapter titles, humorous illustrations, and a test to see how sick each of us is with affluenza." --Dr. Keri Rogers

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