Equal parts Fast Food Nation, The Informant!, and The Omnivore's Dilemma. It does a great job of showing the closed door meetings, food industry rival...moreEqual parts Fast Food Nation, The Informant!, and The Omnivore's Dilemma. It does a great job of showing the closed door meetings, food industry rivalries, Wall Street, the government, as well as our own demands that have gotten us into the cluster we are in today. It was highly informative in not only mentioning the key players behind the food giants (like Cargill that provides the salt/sugar/fat and Monell that does the taste research), but also in the gradual developments and insider terms/tricks (stomach share, bliss point, checkoff money, line extension, single serving, vanishing caloric density) that have come together for the perfect storm of our obesity problem. Food = Drugs. I'm not going to lie... it made me want cookies, cheese, and chips pretty bad, though!(less)
Sprawling, ambitious, and yet somehow hits its mark. Traces the history of how we communicate, how we measure information, how far we've come, and why...moreSprawling, ambitious, and yet somehow hits its mark. Traces the history of how we communicate, how we measure information, how far we've come, and why it matters. It unapologetically spends time in the weeds to walk through the theories (and their developers) of the mathematical/philosophical/biological underpinnings of what makes information so vital and yet overwhelming. (less)
Otherwise known as My Leisurely Journey to Vegetarianism And Incidentally You're An Idiot If You Don't Convert To It Also
I was pretty let down by Foer...moreOtherwise known as My Leisurely Journey to Vegetarianism And Incidentally You're An Idiot If You Don't Convert To It Also
I was pretty let down by Foer's first stab at nonfiction, especially since the reviews said it was even-handed. This was not as detailed or remotely objective as Omnivore's Dilemma and Fast Food Nation. Although it had some interesting information - like the brief info about PETA and Smithfield - I felt like I was being force-fed (trying... to... avoid... puns) the conclusions instead of letting me have the facts and come to revelations/decisions on my own. And the conclusion-jumping was a bit much: If we stop eating meat > animals won't be hurt > factories won't pollute > Global Warming will cease > we'll be happy lettuce munchers.
With the two books mentioned above (which he openly criticizes) there was a pull instead of a push, and I didn't feel like I was being talked down to. This just made me feel entrenched in meat for no other reason than I was insulted... and it makes me want to bathe in steak and drink turkey blood.
Tone aside, this does present a good case against animal cruelty, which even meat-lovers would want to change. Reform is something we need to demand, but saying that the only way to change factory farming is to become a vegetarian is just plain naive. (less)
Watch, kids, while Mr. Putin looks on with bored, icy blue eyes as:
•He hunts without a shirt on. •He takes over the TV station/media and exiles the maj...moreWatch, kids, while Mr. Putin looks on with bored, icy blue eyes as:
•He hunts without a shirt on. •He takes over the TV station/media and exiles the majority stock holders in order to create his own news. •The FSB plants bombs in apartment buildings and blames the Chechens (bags of hexagen marked as sugar). •He hires 7 ambassador-cronies to oversee the various regions and control the voting process. •He reverts to the former Soviet national song… slash fear-mongering totalitarian state. •He jokes on Larry King Live about a nuclear submarine that sank during a drill with no rescue attempts, killing 113 Russian sailors. •He cuddles with dolphins. •300 hostages (mostly women and children) were killed by federal troops that stormed a school. •129 hostages were killed post-rescue due to a gas attack by a SWAT team at a Moscow Theatre. •The dismantling of democracy reaches completion. •Innumerable Russian journalists, lawyers, and dissenters are imprisoned/exiled and/or killed. •Polonium murders abound. •Oh, and he steals Kraft’s NFL Championship ring. •And much, much more!(less)