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Affluenza by John De Graaf
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Mar 17, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010, non-fiction, politics-and-philosophy, male-author
Read in April, 2010

I liked the book, but found it a bit disappointing. I'd heard very excellent things about it, and it didn't quite live up to par. The writing is a little lackluster -- the authors aren't particularly gifted with prose, and the rhetoric was a little much at times. More importantly, I didn't feel like I'd learned anything by the end of the book. As someone who's been thinking about these issues for a long time, the book felt more like a righteous snobfest than something that really expanded my knowledge and understanding of affluence-related problems. I still enjoyed myself, because it's hard not to enjoy righteous snobfests that you believe in, but I wouldn't recommend it to people who are already well-informed about these topics.

However, I ::would:: recommend it to people who are just getting into these issues. It's an approachable, manageable book, and (despite the hardcore rhetoric) does have some good data and explanations.
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Christine Slocum "Righteous snobfest"... I think you're right about that.

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