The first edition of Affluenza touched a national nerve. It was named one of the eight best nonfiction books of 2001 by Detroit Free Press. The mayor of Telluride, Colorado urged residents to read it and passed out "IÕm reading Affluenza" buttons at city council meetings. York University in Pennsylvania and Boise State University gave copies to every freshman.
Based on two 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. Like any medical report, Affluenza begins by detailing the symptoms of the disease. Chapters with titles like Swollen Expectations, A Rash of Bankruptcies, Chronic Congestion, and An Ache for Meaning detail the many negative consequences of our societyÕs compulsive desire to acquire. If it turns out you do have the bug--the book includes a self-diagnosis test so you can find out--the authors detail a number of treatments that offer hope for recovery.
This edition features a new introduction and foreword, updated facts and figures, and new material on topics like the impact of stress and overwork, the voluntary simplicity and Take Back Your Time Day movements, and new ways of looking at wealth, as well as the first-ever "Affluenza Fever Index" that assesses the state of affluenza today. Engaging and accessible, Affluenza shows that the good life isnÕt about how many goods you have.
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