Harper Academic

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

by Hal Herzog

On Sale: 08/09/2011

Price: $15.99

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

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Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

by Hal Herzog

On Sale: 08/09/2011


Price: $15.99

About the Book

We admire this book because Professor Herzog is thoughtful, rational, and often funny as he shows students how illogical they are in their relationships with animals. It’s not a polemic. It’s a book that fosters debate and conversation by asking deceptively simple questions:

• Does living with a pet really make people happier and healthier? 

• What can we learn from biomedical research with mice? 

• Who enjoys a better quality of life—the chicken on a dinner plate or a rooster who dies in a Saturday night cockfight? 

• Why is it wrong to eat the family dog? 

It’s already been adopted in a variety of courses from anthropology and composition to ethics.

Freshman Common Read: Eastern Kentucky University

Critical Praise

“Reminiscent of Freakonomics. . . . An agreeable guide to popular avenues of inquiry in the field of anthrzoology…” - The New Yorker

“Wonderful. . . . An engagingly written book that only seems to be about animals. Herzog’s deepest questions are about men, women and children.” - Karen Sandstrom, Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A fun read. . . . What buoys this book is Herzog’s voice. He’s an assured, knowledgeable and friendly guide.” - Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

“A fascinating, thoughtful, and thoroughly enjoyable exploration of a major dimension of human experience.” - Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and The Stuff of Thought

“Everybody who is interested in the ethics of our relationship between humans and animals should read this book.” - Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human

“An instant classic….Written so accessibly and personally, while simultaneously satisfying the scholar in all of us.” - Arnold Arluke, Anthrozoös

“Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat is both educational and enjoyable, a page-turner that I dare say puts Herzog in the same class as Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis. Read this book. You’ll learn some, you’ll laugh some, you’ll love some.” - BookPage

“Hal Herzog deftly blends anecdote with scientific research to show how almost any moral or ethical position regarding our relationship with animals can lead to absurd consequences. In an utterly appealing narrative, he reveals the quirky…ways we humans try to make sense of these absurdities.” - Irene M. Pepperberg, author of Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Uncovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process

“One of a kind. I don’t know when I’ve read anything more comprehensive about our highly involved, highly contradictory relationships with animals, relationships which we mindlessly, placidly continue no matter how irrational they may be….This page-turning book is quite something—you won’t forget it any time soon.” - Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Deer: Lessons from the Natural World

“Hal Herzog does for our relationships with animals what Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma did for our relationships with food….The book is a joy to read, and no matter what your beliefs are now, it will change how you think.” - Sam Gosling, Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You

“This is a wonderful book—wildly readable, funny, scientifically sound, and with surprising moments of deep, challenging thoughts. I loved it.” - Robert M. Sapolsky, Neuroscientist, Stanford University, and author of Monkeyluv and A Primate's Memoir

“In his quest to make sense of our complex relationships with animals, psychologist Hal Herzog explores the ethics of E.T. and explains why guys with cute dogs get more dates.” - Parade

“Professor Hal Herzog writes lucidly and sometimes with a good touch of humor about the ethics of the relationships between humans and animals…. No matter which side of the question you find yourself on, this book is illuminating, and dare I say quite entertaining.” - Sun Journal (North Carolina)

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061730856
  • ISBN 10: 0061730858
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 08/09/2011
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.829 in (d)
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price: $15.99
  • BISAC1 : NATURE / Animal Rights
  • BISAC2 : PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
  • BISAC3 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social