I do believe that Dr. Price is educated and passionate about the topic; however, I do not think he has ever written a college or professional paper inI do believe that Dr. Price is educated and passionate about the topic; however, I do not think he has ever written a college or professional paper in his life. This is a horribly written book. There are several grammar/punctuation mistakes that would have easily be found by a decent editor. The topics do not easily flow into one another, and there is no conclusion to the book; it just stops. The book must have been written by him talking into a word-to-text program. If I was not knowledgable about the material myself, this book would completely turn me off from a WFPB lifestyle.
Also, he quotes himself (chapter 8, pg. 116).
He also states things like, "If I were able to share with you everything I know about chemistry, and you then took a look at the average label, you would have a firm understanding of just how dangerous those products are and what all those chemical names means." (pg 162) Essentially he is stating, 1) he is more knowledgable than you, which is okay because generally one reads a book to learn from an expert, and 2) the only way you'll be able to understand a label is if you have a chemistry degree. So what is he accomplishing other than alienating his audience? Surely, if I wanted to know about every single ingredient I would go to school and study chemistry, but I don't, so I expect the author to lay it out for me in an educated and easily digestible format, but he does not do that. And this is throughout the book.
He does not offer a "Works Cited/Bibliography" nor a "Further Reading" section. He states many statistics throughout the book, and while he is good at citing his references when he takes a direct quote from a person, he rarely provides any information for these statistics. I'm not saying every person who reads this book wants to look at those references, but it would go a long way in his credibility.
In Chapter 6, he quotes Genesis from the Christian Bible, on pages 86 and 89. I do not think this is too much of a problem; however, it becomes a scientific problem when he states, "...this means that all of our food has been provided in the form of herbs (plant-based foods)..." The rest of the book is not written from a Christian perspective, nor does it seems to only be targeting Christians, so why is he trying to establish all these "scientific" statistics he uses throughout the book along with a quote from the Bible?
Another hit that is detrimental to the WFPB lifestyle is that he uses oil in 2 out of the 5 recipes he provides. All other doctors in the WFPB lifestyle state to not use any oil.
I highly recommend a WFPB lifestyle. I am happy there is another voice out there shouting his belief in this lifestyle, I just wish he did it in a more organized, professional manner. I do not recommend this book to anyone. If you want to learn about a WFPB lifestyle, then stick with Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Milton Mills, or any of the other many plant based physicians and doctors who cite their sources and write cohesive books. ...more
This book is poorly written. There are many editing mistakes: like missing commas, plural words when it should be singular, run on sentences, etc.
TheThis book is poorly written. There are many editing mistakes: like missing commas, plural words when it should be singular, run on sentences, etc.
The book is poorly organized, and reads like a draft. Clare Mann repeats herself, neglects to sum up her thoughts at the end of paragraphs or pages, and keeps explaining to the reader what the chapter is supposed to be about rather than just write the subject matter. And, she uses the words, “For example” on every other page. Examples are valuable and necessary for this subject matter, but a skilled author would be able to show them in another manner.
I understand writing a book so the general public can understand it, but when a professional cites (more than once) Wikipedia, the whole message is diminished.
I was, and still am, excited about the philosophy behind the idea of Vystopia. The dystopian feeling that a vegan experiences upon choosing to eat and act outside of the norm of society. I expected this book to go into detail about that psychological experience, but it did not. It briefly states this idea in Chapter 2, “Living as a Stranger in a Strange Land,” but there is never any in depth thought about it. Then, she goes on to use the rest of the book as a sales pitch on how to effectively make other people vegan.
There are far better books that explain how to be an effective communicator, and/or how to be a good vegan activist. If you are looking for those subjects then do not bother with this book.
This book would have been so much more effective if it stuck to what it says it is going to do, “...explores the world of the vegan, whose choices are seen by many as ridiculous or self-righteous.” At one point she states that the most important thing to do is to become self-aware; yet she never stops to discuss what this is or how to do it.
My hope is that Clare Mann realizes her mistake and produces a book that actually covers Vystopia (i.e. vegan depression), how it comes about, and what to do about it. That is a gaping hole in the vegan community and I had such high hopes that we finally had a voice for it, but that voice was not found in this book. ...more
This book brought up some interesting points about small scale farming/ranching that I had not previously thought of. Meat eaters try to defend theirThis book brought up some interesting points about small scale farming/ranching that I had not previously thought of. Meat eaters try to defend their choice to consume animals and their products with many bad arguments, and one of the more recent ones I have encountered are that the small scale production techniques are better. My gut reaction to that was always, 1) you are still raising an animal for a human purpose, and 2) you are still murdering the animal at the end. I was pleased to see that Mr. McWilliams states the same.
The first part of the book is great because he goes into the philosophical ideas about animal consumption, but he did not do it in a way where someone less versed in philosophy would be put off by it. One of the most unique parts is that he states that humans should be emotional about the slaughter of millions of animals. It is refreshing to see someone standing up and saying that yes, we humans should have the emotional reaction to this brutality. Often times people take the emotional component out of the argument, and while I think that works in some areas, in others it does not. Humans are emotional creatures, other animals are emotional creatures, not robots or machines, so why constantly argue for the removal of emotion?
In the second part he discusses the issues with backyard butchers, grass fed beef, and other supposed "more humane" techniques. Tough to read if you are sensitive about those stories, although he did not go too in depth as some others do, so it is tolerable; I just had to take a few breaks in between chapters. ...more