Harper Academic

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat [Second Edition]

Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

by Hal Herzog

On Sale: 12/07/2021

Price: $17.99

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat [Second Edition]

Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

by Hal Herzog

On Sale: 12/07/2021

Format:

Price: $17.99

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

“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

“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

“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

“Reminiscent of Freakonomics. . . . An agreeable guide to popular avenues of inquiry in the field of anthrozoology.” - 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.” - 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

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

“An intelligent and amusing book that invites us to think deeply about how we define-and where we limit-our empathy for animals.” - Publishers Weekly

“Herzog argues that moral absolutes are not readily available in a complex world—one that exists in shades of grey, rather than the black and white of animal rights activists and their opponents. . . . Herzog has a clear eye for the essence of a scientific study, but he leavens his narrative with illuminating personal stories and self-deprecating humor.” - Nature

“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

“Herzog writes about big ideas with a light touch. . . . Insightful, compassionate and humorous.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Fascinating. . . Herzog looks at the wild, tortured paradoxes in our relationship with the weaker, if sometimes more adorable, species.” - Salon

“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.” - Biloxi Sun Herald

“Engaging and pleasantly cerebral. . . . When [Herzog is] talking to people about their views, the book is fascinating.” - Time Out Chicago

“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.” - ARTnews

“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

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat is 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. Readers will welcome Herzog’s eye opening discussions, presented with compassion and humor. 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

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063119284
  • ISBN 10: 0063119285
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 12/07/2021
  • Trimsize: 5.310 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.860 in (d)
  • Pages: 384
  • List Price: $17.99
  • BISAC1 : NATURE / Animal Rights
  • BISAC2 : PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
  • BISAC3 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social