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An Unnatural Order: Why We Are Destroying The Planet and Each Other

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"An eloquent, important plea for a total rethinking of our relationship to the animal world. Mason analyzes the West's 'dominionist' worldview, which exalts humans as overlords and owners of other life.... His powerfully argued manifesto will change many readers' attitudes toward hamburgers, animal experimentation, hunting, and circuses." -Publishers WeeklyFirst published ...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Lantern Books (first published 1993)
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Jacqueline
Aug 02, 2007 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
Gives a poignant account and perspective on how humans came to think of themselves as superior all-deserving "stewards" of the land. Lots of historical insights. Very educational.
David Agranoff
Dec 29, 2010 David Agranoff rated it it was amazing
I read this too long ago to write a valid review, but this is fantastic groundbreaking environmental book everyone should read. changed my life.
Zsuzsanna
Jun 05, 2008 Zsuzsanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
History of our connection to the animal world. I've used this book as a history guide as well.
Jeffrey Cohan
Nov 20, 2013 Jeffrey Cohan rated it it was ok
It is hard for me to dislike a book that posits the important and well-supported idea that the oppression of animals is the root of all oppression.

But while slogging through "An Unnatural Order," I found myself writing "that's b.s." far too often.

Jim Mason is a likeable guy and his book does offer a few interesting insights and ideas.

But "Unnatural" is disorganized, repetitive, unfocused, and, in some places, ridiculous.

Mason tries to achieve an academic tone without going to the trouble of doin
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Hope Ferdowsian
Jun 09, 2015 Hope Ferdowsian rated it really liked it
Excellent historical account of the origins of dominionism. Incredibly intriguing, with profound implications for how we could effectively address racism, sexism, and speciesism. Surprisingly optimistic.
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