- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; First Edition edition (18 Feb. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393059944
- ISBN-13: 978-0393059946
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3 x 24.4 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,108,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
American Mania: When Too Much Is Not Enough Hardcover – 18 Feb 2005
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"Whybrow has seen the future." Irene Lacher, The New York Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
PETER C. WHYBROW is the Judson Braun Professor of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Science and the director of the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior (UCLA).
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Reading this book will make anyone re-evaluate your lifestyle, your diet and your family life. Whybrow touches on our daily activities, our addiction to material goods, what we truly value, and how we live, exercise and interact with one another. He even addresses the seeds of income inequality.
This book pairs nicely with Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs and Steel" and "Collapse;" Dawkins' "The Selfish Gene" and Bill Nye's "Undeniable."
American Mania illustrates the personal and cultural problems that arise when our rate of technological advancement outpaces our ability to evolve. The bottom line is that mechanisms that once served us and helped us to survive become self destructive. For example, a craving for fats and sweet things was good 100,000 years ago, but not so good now when we have all kinds of food available to us all the time and lead more sedentary lifestyles.
This book is wonderful for looking the implication of all of the above within the individual and at the level of culture. It is great food for thought. It will help anyone who is looking for balance to put things in perspective and understand why we have a tendency to err in the directions that we so often do as individuals and as a society.
As a student of Urbanism, I found this book fascinating. One of the distinctive characteristics of the American built environment- a pattern that repeats everywhere you look- is the instrumentalization of all things for some other material end. Whybrow explains (to my understanding) the mentality behind the landscape.
Whoever you are, whatever your interests or profession, this book is a must read if you want to better understand your country!!