Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Affluenza is a disease caused by the pursuit of the American Dream since the Second World War. Americans are drowning in debt, overworked and overtired from trying to keep up with everyone else. John deGraff and David Wann put their PBS documentary into book form demonstrating the detrimental effects of collecting possessions and wealth on our lives, families and communities.

Affluenza is insightful and a wake up call for all consumers. I found the book caused me to be reflective on my purchases and what is truly necessary. However, as I read on, I found the book to be very repetitive and at times extreme. While the message is important, it might have been done in fewer pages.

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