Recommended Reading

I have referred to many of these books in the pages of this website. 

(Note: I have chapters in both "In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave" and "Terrorists or Freedom Fighters.")

Singer, Peter.  Animal Liberation. Thorsons, London. 1975, Third edition 2002..   Often called "The Bible of the modern Animal Rights movement" -- though Singer doesn't actually argue for "rights." For me, and for many leaders of the animal protection movement, this was a life-changing book. The author is DeCamp Professor in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.  


cover Scully, Matthew.  Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of the Animals, and the Call to Mercy. St Martin's Press, New York. 2002.   Former speechwriter to President George W. Bush, conservative Matthew Scully has written, exquisitely, a compelling argument for animal protection on the grounds not of rights or liberation but of mercy. It will appeal to all compassionate people but makes a particularly good gift for those with conservative political views and values.  CLICK TO BUY 
Singer, Peter (editor) In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave. Blackwell 2006 (available now). 

A collection of essays. Philosophers examine the basis for animal protection, and activists look at specific issues, such as factory farming and vivisection, and also at different ways of pursuing our goals. You'll find a more extensive description at the Blackwell website. My chapter is titled  Moving the Media: From Foes or Indifferent Strangers, to Friends

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The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter  

Singer, Peter and Mason, Jim -- The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter. 2006

This book provides thorough information on modern farming and fishing practices, and information on what is behind various labels all presented in an entertaining manner. CLICK TO BUY

Best, Steven and Nocella, Anthony J -- Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Reflections on the Liberation of Animals. Lantern 2004. From the  website:   "The first anthology of writings on the history, ethics, politics and tactics of the Animal Liberation Front.... This is a provocative book that challenges the values and assumptions that pervade our culture. Contributors include Rod Coronado, Karen Davis, Karen Dawn, Bruce Friedrich, Kevin Jonas, pattrice jones, Ingrid Newkirk, Tom Regan, Kim Stallwood, Paul Watson, Robin Webb, Freeman Wicklund, Gary Yourofsky, and many others with a forward by Ward Churchill."

My chapter is headed, From the Front Line to the Front Page: An Analysis Of ALF Media CoverageCLICK TO BUY


Coetzee, J.M. Elizabeth Costello. Viking. 2003. Released the year its author, J.M. Coetzee, won the Nobel Prize. It feels less like a novel than a series of lessons hung together, delivered by a fictional character who has much in common with Coetzee. It includes the two lessons that are the meat of the 1999 book "The Lives of Animals." The arguments are radical, forceful, and of course beautifully penned. This is a great gift for literary minded friends in whom you'd like to encourage more reflection on animal rights issues. CLICK TO BUY
Coetzee, J.M. The Lives of Animals. Princeton University Press 1999. Two lessons on animal rights, delivered by the fictional character Elizabeth Costello, are included in Coetzee's latest work noted above. This book also includes responses to those lessons, by Marjorie Garber, Peter Singer, Wendy Doniger, and Barbara Smuts.  CLICK TO BUY
Newkirk, Ingrid. You Can Save the Animals. California, Prima Publishing.  1999.  The head of PETA has written this thoughtful look at animal suffering and what we can do to help.  Foreword by Bill Maher of "Politically Incorrect" fame.    CLICK TO BUY
Masson, Jeffrey Moussaieff. The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals. Ballantine. 2003. Masson intersperses heartwarming vignettes from the lives of various types of farmed animals, with some gruesome information on the way those animals generally live and die in our society. I consider this to be a book for the general public rather than for activists. It is a wonderful holiday gift for friends and family who “love animals” but have not yet been able to extend that love to those included in the traditional American diet.  CLICK TO BUY
Ray Greek MD. and Jean Swingle Greek DVM. Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals. Continuum Pub Group 2000. The Greeks argue beautifully against vivisection on the grounds of  bad science - the harm to humans that comes from investing in animal experimentation. CLICK TO BUY
Blum, Deborah. The Monkey Wars.  Oxford University Press, 1994. Deborah Blum won a Pulitzer for the series of articles which inspired this book. It explores the politics of monkey use and abuse looking at the issues from  "both sides." This is an invaluable resource which reads like a gripping scientific novel. An invaluable book -- one of my favorites.  CLICK TO BUY
Wise, Steven M.   Rattling the Cage. Perseus books. 2000. In this wonderful book, prominent animal rights lawyer and law professor, Steven Wise, explores the similarities between Chimps, Bonobos, and humans. He discusses the artificial legal wall which separates us from all other animals. He argues that granting the rights of bodily liberty and bodily integrity to other Great Apes is the obvious place to begin breaking down that wall.  It is a little dry in places, but packed with great information and a sound arguments.  CLICK TO BUY
Wise, Steven M.  Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights. Perseus books 2002. This book received rave reviews in major papers around he country. Wise extends his case for legal rights to include animals other than apes. His comparisons of the cognitive abilities of various animals with those of  his four year old twins bring home his point with a nice quota of charm, yet the book is hard hitting, packed with scientific evidence and persuasive legal arguments.    CLICK TO BUY

Eisnitz, Gail, E. Slaughterhouse. Prometheus Books. 1997. Ex-slaughterhouse workers, among others, blow the whistle and give gruesome accounts of their work.  This book has been the basis for a good chunk of the major media coverage given in the last couple of years to slaughterhouse violations. It is sickening, but compelling and important. I recommend it highly.   CLICK TO BUY
Adams, Carol J.   The Pornography of Meat  Continuum. 2003. Adams argues that both the eating of meat and the enjoyment of pornography rely on the ability to see someone as something, and  to divide the individual into consumable parts. She points out that in pornography, women are animalized, whereas in meat advertisements, animals are sexualized; she includes reproductions of advertisements that drive home her point. I thought some of Adams's arguments hit the mark, while some seemed too much of a stretch for me to swallow. The short book is definitely a fun, interesting, and thought-provoking read. It is well worth taking a look at, particularly good for anyone with an interest in feminism. CLICK TO BUY
Newkirk, Ingrid.  Free the Animals: The Story of the Animal Liberation Front. Noble Press. 1992.  It reads like an  adventure story but gives loads of information about the early days of the Animal Liberation Front and the animal rights movement in the USA. A terrific read. CLICK TO BUY
Patterson, Charles. Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust. Lantern Books, 2002.    Isaac Bashevis Singer drew the comparison, explored extensively in  this compelling book.  CLICK TO BUY
Robbins, John. The Food Revolution:  How your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and The World.  Conari Press, California, 2001. An update on Diet for a New America, written by the Baskin-Robbins heir who founded EarthSave, dedicating himself to a global transition to healthier and more environmentally sound food choices.  I refer to this book often. It presents an easy to read and convincing argument on behalf of a plant based diet,  for the sake of our health and the health of this planet.  CLICK TO BUY
Frances Moore Lappe, Anna Lappe; Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet. Hardcover. 2002. This  updated version of the original classic from thirty years ago argues for a rejection of standard animal based diets.  It presents many of the same issues but also provides a wealth of new discoveries in this era of genetically engineered foods, worldwide famine, and growing rates of obesity-related health issues. CLICK TO BUY
Lyman, Howard F. Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth From the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat. Scribner, New York, 1998. Here is a thumping good tale courtesy of Oprah's co-defendant in the case against the beef  industry. Besides being a great read, it gives loads of detail about the dangers for all posed by the beef and dairy industries. CLICK TO BUY
Goodall, Jane.   Reason for Hope. Warner Books. 1999. I couldn't put this down.  An inspiring book by an inspiring woman, it tells of her work with the chimpanzees of Gombe, and her work in the rest of the world, on their behalf.  CLICK TO BUY
Spiegel, Marjorie. THE DREADED COMPARISON: Human and Animal Slavery. Mirror Books, 1996. The title says it all. Here is a one hundred page, one night read, that argues its case beautifully using original source material, some great quotes, and chillingly similar photographs of animal and human slaves. The foreword by Alice Walker is a nice touch. CLICK TO BUY
Marcus, Erik.  Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating.  1997. This is an easy to read look into the health, ethical, and environmental advantages of veganism. Research for the book, was funded by the late, great,  Henry Spira.    CLICK TO BUY
McCarthy, Susan and Masson, Jeffrey Moussaieff. When Elephants Weep. Delta 1996 (paperback).  An easy to read book that presents evidence for and a discussion of the complex emotional lives of non-human animals.       CLICK TO BUY
Spock, Benjamin, M.D. and Parker, Steen, J., M.D.  Dr.
 Spock's Baby and Child Care
- Fully Revised and Expanded. 
New York. Pocket Books. 7th edition, 1998. The chapter on nutrition in this child-rearing bible is a joy for vegans to read.   Spock makes it clear that children do best on vegetarian diets and that mother's milk, but never cow's milk, is best for baby.   CLICK TO BUY

Oski, Frank A. M.D. Don't Drink Your Milk. New York, Teach Services Inc.  1996.  Director of the Department of Pediatrics, John Hopkins University of Medicine, explodes the milk myth.   CLICK TO BUY
  Reibow, Verona and Dune, Jonathan. Vegetarian Cats and Dogs. Harbingers of a New Age. Troy, Montana. 1995. All the information you need on feeding your companions a vegetarian diet. Publishers can be contacted at