The Overspent American
why we want what we don't need
The visible lifestyle: American symbols of status
When spending becomes you
The downshifter next door
Learning Diderot's lesson: stopping the upward creep of desire
Epilogue: Will consuming less wreck the economy?
Saving and investment
This explores why so many of us feel materially dissatisfied, why we work staggeringly long hours and yet walk around with ever-present mental "wish lists" of things to buy or get, and why Americans save less than virtually anyone in the world.
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