This was an interesting read. I would actually give it 3.5 stars if I could. Katherine chronicles her five years at Facebook and the early startup yea...moreThis was an interesting read. I would actually give it 3.5 stars if I could. Katherine chronicles her five years at Facebook and the early startup years resemble the working environment portrayed in Mad Men. It is not a tell-all book by any means. It is more of a memoir of the author's life while at FB and the constant inner struggle she had to "dominate" (as Zuckerberg often said at weekly meetings) and remain a humanist while employed there. Amidst this inner struggle, Losse provides interesting anecdotes revolving around the workplace environment, the office pool house and Tahoe house, the lavish business trips she took and the odd FB employee relationships and interactions. Some portions of the book are a bit repetitive but overall gives a good picture of the ideology behind the "boys" who started the FB company, which frankly made me not like them. Overall, the book does make me evaluate the role of social media in life and it also makes me dislike the 1% percent even more.(less)
meh. I put it on my "read" shelf even though I only made it 3/4 of the way through. I don't know how this book is a bestseller. Some of the anecdotes...moremeh. I put it on my "read" shelf even though I only made it 3/4 of the way through. I don't know how this book is a bestseller. Some of the anecdotes and stories were interesting but it was also kind of like "duh". Another book club selection.(less)
If everyone read this book, they would go vegan or at least vegetarian. But of course, many won't read this book. Why? I don't know. Because they like...moreIf everyone read this book, they would go vegan or at least vegetarian. But of course, many won't read this book. Why? I don't know. Because they like steak, because ignorance is bliss, or because they just don't care. This book chronicles the author's altruistic efforts to expose the inhumane treatment in slaughterhouses across the country. Her book covers 3 main aspects of slaughterhouses: (1) the inhumane treatment of animals (2) the terrible working conditions for slaughterhouse workers and (3) the corrupt role of the USDA and how this affects meat as food.
She interviews many slaughterhouse workers obtaining firsthand information on how animals are treated. Through Gail, we learn of cows being skinned alive, pigs being scalded alive and baby calves trying to escape their mother's womb as she is being torn open and killed. These examples are just a few that she uncovers. She also reveals just how badly humans are treated in these plants. These workers work in very horrible, dirty and dangerous conditions. Hate your job? Think about having to go to work every day and being scared that a 1500 lb cow may fall and crush you to death or that you may stab yourself while trying to kill an animal that is kicking you because it was not properly stunned. Or having to work long hours without a bathroom break and having to relieve yourself in your clothes. Many workers that are hired in slaughterhouses are immigrants. They are often afraid to speak out about bad working conditions for fear of losing their job because to them, seven dollars an hour is big bucks compared to the three dollar a day they may have been making.
At the root of all this are people in the government who are deeply invested in the success of these slaughterhouse plants. So what if your meat has some feces on it? The USDA's solution to this problem is not to improve meat and slaughterhouse inspections but rather to just tell consumers to cook the shit out of their meat to ensure safety (pun intended). Though cooking the hell out of your meat still does not guarantee that the contaminant won't find its way onto your kitchen counter, your fingernails, the sink...you get the picture. Having poop in your meat still doesn't turn you off from it? Gail interviews many families whose children were afflicted with E coli (this is due to poop in meat). She describes in great detail what happens to these children's bodies as the E. Coli takes control over it. This was another part of the book that was very difficult to read. But the truth is that E coli breakouts from contaminated meat still occurs and takes with it our most vulnerable: the elderly and children. The USDA uses a stamp of approval that indicates "wholesome" meat but the fact is that "wholesome" may mean you are eating poop, diseased and contaminated meat, rust, urine...the list goes on. Gail's book shows that the USDA does not care about all this because of their corrupt ties to the meat industry.
My review only scratches the surface of what Gail's book reveals. Open your mind, do the research and go vegan.(less)
I already listen to Bob Torres on the Vegan Freak podcast, so I have heard many of the arguments that he raises in this book. But it was nice to read...moreI already listen to Bob Torres on the Vegan Freak podcast, so I have heard many of the arguments that he raises in this book. But it was nice to read the book as it expands on his ideas in an organized fashion. In this book, Torres provides parallelisms between other forms of oppression in our society and animal exploitation. He explains in a logical manner how animal exploitation is perpetuated in our society because of decades and decades of socialization in a hierarchal capitalist world. Like Francione (another great voice in the animal rights movement), Torres tells it like it is using clear logic. Anyone who truly is against inequality, oppression and injustice (among humans and non-human animals alike) should read this book. If you are against racism, sexism or any other oppressive "isms" that stem from society's hierarchies, this book will clearly show you that the underlying driving forces behind these "isms" are no different from those that drive speciesism. Therefore, as Torres argues, if you reject any of the aforementioned "isms", the logical next step (if you are to truly live consistently by your principles and ethics) is to reject speciesism and GO VEGAN!(less)