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“Most of us see humans as morally superior to animals, while describing our uniquely human bad behavior (war, torture, enslavement, extermination) as ‘brutish, animalistic, inhuman, sub-human.' Jeffrey Masson has made me aware that humans in fact are the only animals that exhibit this behavior, and do so frequently and massively. A groundbreaking book.” ―Daniel Ellsberg
“Masson reveals how we shortchange ourselves with our narrow view of community, by laying down an almost impassable and rocky road between ourselves and ‘others.' Beasts reminds us of the unforgivable things humans do to dominate animals.” ―Ingrid Newkirk, founder of PETA
“Beasts is a tour de force that takes us on a journey of human nature, from the organized violence of war, to our individual cruelty toward solitary humans and animals, to the love, compassion, and altruism that we can show toward one another. After reading this book, you will never view human nature the same.” ―Con Slobodchikoff, author of Chasing Doctor Dolittle
“Beasts is profoundly wise, deeply compassionate, and filled with insights and understanding that can reshape the way we think about ourselves and our relationship to life itself. Inspiring and a joy to read.” ―John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America
“Jeffrey Masson is a forward-thinking writer who's not afraid to take on some of the most entrenched ideas and revered thinkers of our age. A provocative book!” ―Jonathan Balcombe, author of Pleasurable Kingdom
“A gentle, thoughtful and remarkably wide-ranging book that explores the nature of humanity and the nature of violence and hatred, suggesting paths we humans might take to turn toward peace and kindness. Beasts deserves to be widely read and widely pondered.” ―Pat Shipman, author of The Animal Connection
“A noble pursuit . . . . intriguing.” ―New York Times Book Review
“This one will make you think about the definition of human.” ―Booklist
“Masson's writing is easily accessible to both a general audience and those already familiar with the subject. With a personal, passionate, and sympathetic style, Masson makes an imperative case . . . . Beasts implores us to rethink our long-entrenched beliefs regarding the nature of non-human animals, in hopes that by more accurately perceiving the world around us, we may learn to treat not only other species with greater kindness and compassion, but perhaps our own as well.” ―The Oregonian
“A compelling, unsettling, provocative examination of the relation of beast to man.” ―Kirkus Reviews
Do not be deceived: this book is not about animals. Yes, they get a mention here and there, but I was hoping for plenty of detailed examples of how animals behave generously,... Read morePublished 7 days ago by OneForAll
Masson's heart is in the right place, and I get the feeling that he, like myself, is secretly a misanthrope who likes animals more than people. That makes me like him. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Bibliofiend
Great philosophical dissertation on the truth between animals and the human animal.
The myth of human supremacy is dispelled and the truth of the animal kingdom... Read more
It's fairly simple. Lots of very informative information, but the booked bounced around far to much. Hard to keep your interest if the flow is disrupted.Published 2 months ago by JRA
I can't remember the last time I was so disappointed in a book--yet kept reading hoping the author would get serious and make his case. He never does. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Leslee Goodman
Many people feel that the world is moving beyond the ills of mass murder and total war. But for Masson, the horrors of the most recent century's world wars and genocides are... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Brian Griffith