Books

A sampling of useful titles to educate yourself about MOGO issues.

ANIMAL PROTECTION:

Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good
by Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D. (2006)
Provides “both scientific study and anecdote, that the animal kingdom is rich in pleasure.”

Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts & Minds About Animals and Food

by Gene Baur – 2008
A thought-provoking investigation of the ethical questions involved in producing animal products and what we each can do to promote compassion.

The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow and Empathy – and Why They Matter
by Mark Bekoff (2007)
Learn about the rich emotional lives of animals, and what we can learn from them.

Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, & Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry
by Gail Eisnitz (2006 pb ed.)
Step inside the brutal reality of how animals become food, and the deplorable effect on workers, animals and consumers.

Meat Market: Animals, Ethics & Money
by Eric Marcus (2005)
An examination of animal agriculture’s cruelties and its far-reaching social costs.

The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food
by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (2009)
Examines the health, environmental and spiritual consequences of eating animals and calls for a better way of eating and living.

The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals
by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (2003)
Weaving history, literature, science & anecdotes, the author examines the emotions & needs of farm animals.

When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals
by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (1995)
Beautiful, powerful, and compelling stories about animals’ emotional lives.

Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals & the Call to Mercy
by Matthew Scully (2002)
Explores the contradictions in our relationships with animals and calls for exercising our mercy and
responsibility.

Animal Liberation
by Peter Singer (1990 2nd ed.)
The book that launched the animal rights movement.

The Dreaded Comparison
by Marjorie Spiegel (1996)
A short, provocative book outlining the commonalities between the African slave trade and our treatment of animals today.

Making a Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights
by Bob Torres (2007)
Explores “human and animal oppressions in relation to the exploitative dynamics of capitalism.”

CULTURAL ISSUES:

Creating a World that Works for All
by Sharif Abdullah (1999)
A powerful book packed with vision and ideas for creating a better world.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic
by John De Graaf, David Wann and Thomas H. Naylor (2001)
A terrific book that looks at modern-day consumerism.

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
by Jared Diamond (2005)
Thorough and fascinating, this book is a combination of history, sociology, anthropology, science, and a compelling call to action.

Voluntary Simplicity
by Duane Elgin (1993)
The book that launched the voluntary simplicity movement.

The Culture of Make Believe
by Derrick Jensen (2002)
One of the most exhaustive and powerful books ….

No Logo

by Naomi Klein (1999)
Branding takes on new meaning with this important and fascinating book.

When Corporations Rule the World

by David Korten (1995)
An instructive lens with which to look at corporations, written by a former World Bank employee.

Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood
by Susan Linn (2004)
A very important book on the effect of consumerism on children.

Toxic Sludge is Good for You
by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton (1995)
Witty and shocking, a must read primer on public relations.

The Plug-In Drug
by Marie Winn (1985)
What you didn’t want to know about the effects of television – more than twenty years old, but still relevant.

ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION:

Silent Spring
by Rachel Carson (1962)
The must read classic that launched the environmental movement.

Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots
By Kevin Danaher, et al (2007)
Profiles citizens and groups that have taken positive action to ensure the health and sustainability of their communities, and lays out strategies for a more successful “green movement.”

An Inconvenient Truth
by Al Gore (2006)
Filled with charts, graphs, photos, and statistics — what you need to know about global warming.

The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight
by Thom Hartmann – 1998
This is one of those books that changes your life and puts many pieces of the puzzle together.

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
by William McDonough and Michael Braungart (2002)
Read this book! You’ll be inspired and delighted about the future we can create!

Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility
by Ted Nordhaus & Michael Shellenberger (2007)
The authors assert that people are ready to step away from “doom and gloom” environmentalism and embrace a new vision of change, greatness and hope.

Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage
by Heather Rogers (2005)
Ever wonder where our garbage goes? Find out in this fascinating and well-researched book.

Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things
by John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning (1997)
This is a gem of a little book, packed with information. You’ll never look at stuff the same way again.

World War III: Population and the Biosphere at the End of the Millennium

by Michael Tobias – 1998
Addresses the connection between our booming population and its dire impact on our natural world.
Find out more about this title & get some teaching ideas.

FOOD AND DIET:

The China Study
by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D, et al (2006)
The most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and the startling implications for diet, weight loss and long-term disease.

Diet for a Dead Planet: How the Food Industry is Killing Us
by Christopher D. Cook (2004)
Good information about the food industry and its effects.

Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating
by Jane Goodall (2005)
Beautifully written with moving stories, Jane Goodall gives us a recipe for a sustainable, healthy, and humane way of eating.

Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket
by Brian Halweil (2004)
Why we should strive to eat local foods.

No More Bull: The Mad Cowboy Targets America’s Worst Enemy: Our Diet
by Howard Lyman, et al (2005)
Lyman uses humor & experience in agriculture to argue that we might all profit by transforming our diets.

Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet
by Frances Moore Lappe & Anna Lappe (2003)
Discover practical visionaries who are making a difference in world food & hunger issues.

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats
By Peter Menzel & Faith D’Aluisio (2005)
What does a family of 13 in Bhutan eat? How does a family in Greenland shop for the week? Examines the dietary habits of 30 families from 24 countries.

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
By Michael Pollan – 2008
What to eat, what not to eat, and how to think about health. As Pollan says, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life & Our World
by John Robbins (2001)
What can we do to help stop global warming, feed the hungry, prevent cruelty to animals, avoid genetically modified foods, be healthier and live longer? Eat veg!

Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples
by John Robbins (2006)
A study of the influence of culture & beliefs on health and longevity. A plant-based diet and satisfying work, relationships & exercise are all key components.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser (2001)
Explores the development of the fast food industry, and it’s impact on people, animals and the planet.

The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter
by Peter Singer & Jim Mason (2006)
Answers “What are the true costs of our daily food choices?”

World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health & Social Harmony
by Will Tuttle, Ph.D. (2005)
An empowering understanding of our world, in terms of the far-reaching implications of our food choices.

HUMAN RIGHTS:

Disposable People
by Kevin Bales (2000)
This book pulls back the curtain so that we can learn about escalating worldwide slavery and eradicate it.

Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves
by Kevin Bales (2007)
What can people, community and governments do to end slavery now?

Privilege, Power & Difference
by Allan Johnson (2001)
An opportunity to look inward and outward at hidden aspects of privilege and prejudice.

Free the Children
by Craig Kielburger – 1998
A boy learns about child slavery and does everything about it.

Democracy’s Edge: Choosing to Save our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life
by Frances Moore Lappé (2006)
A must-read for those wanting to engage in “living” democracy.

Material World: A Global Family Portrait
by Peter Menzel (1994)
This is a pictorial account of what the average family from different countries owns.

The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope
by Zainab Salbi & Laurie Becklund, eds. (2006)
A collection of letters and first-person narratives by amazing women who survived war’s devastation and now must find the strength to rebuild families and communities.

Crossing the Boulevard: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America
by Judith Sloan and Warren Lehrer (2003)
Funny, sad, powerful, moving – a celebration of immigrant stories.

Faces of Racism
by Joseph Szwarc (2001)
A short, powerful introduction to the many forms of bigotry in our world.

The Lucifer Effect
by Philip Zimbardo (2007)
An in-depth discussion of the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment that provides a paradigm for thinking about change that takes into consideration the person, the situation, and the system.

FOR PARENTS:

Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times
by Zoe Weil (2003)
Learn how to raise your child to be humane in the broadest sense & to make life choices that demonstrate respect for the environment, other species & all people.

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