WHY WE BUY.
Americans are the most voracious consumers in the world. Ecologists estimate that it would take three planet Earths to provide an American standard of living to the entire world. But what drives our compulsion to consume? Does our frenzied gobbling of goods improve our health or happiness? What effects do our gluttonous habits have on our society and our environment? These are only a few of the questions addressed in the book Consuming Desires. This engaging collection brings together 13 brilliant essayists to explore the underlying roots of consumer culture and its pervasive impact on ourselves and the world around us. Available for $24.95 from Island Press.