I did enjoy the first 50-60% of the book, as JSF mixed stories of his youth with overviews & detailed looks at the meat & seafood industry. Then this book, which openly proclaims that it's not about how vegetarian eating is the only solution, spends the latter half of the book preaching the same mantra over & over again. Repetitive to the extreme, it's as if the author had all these clever lines that he needed to include in his treatise. Badly in need of some editing, that would at least make the preaching tolerable.
But the logical trap he tries to draw the listener into had the opposite effect on me. As he told story after story that ended with the same conclusion, JSF repeatedly spent 90% of his prose talking about the worst 1% of abuses. The effect certainly boomeranged, as I found myself questioning all the "facts" and cleverly stated statistics that he used throughout both halves if the book.
All in all, I'd still say the first half is a solid 5 star book, but the second half had me hoping the book would end sooner rather than later. There are certainly better books about the case against factory farming, for vegetarian diets and the health & ecological issues associated with meat eating. I wouldn't recommend this book.
You won't find that mentioned in the publisher's summary, which is disheartening for someone that picked up a copy based on the publisher's promise of a tale of survival at sea. And indeed, the first 1/3 or even 1/2 of the book is gripping, as compelling as any story I've read. Then it takes a dark turn, as did Mr. Zamperini. But with the account of his torture is told with such relish, and for so much time, that the book is transformed from adventure tale into a nearly sadistic tale. No one should listen to 6 or 7 hours recounting the airman's torture unless you enjoy listening to that fare.
First half of the book is 5 stars and then some, the last half is 1 star, only because I can't give zero.
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