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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McBooks Press; 2nd edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935526870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935526875
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Reading Erik Marcus's Vegan is a critical first step for anyone wanting to extend both the quality and length of their life."  —Howard Lyman, Former Director, Eating with a Conscience Campaign, Humane Society of the United States

"A cogent and vitally important guide to the many reasons for adopting a vegan diet. It is an eye-opening, optimistic guide to a better way of life." —Neal Barnard, MD, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

About the Author

Erik Marcus is a writer and public speaker who is dedicated to the advocacy of vegan and vegetarian diets. He is a graduate of Columbia University, where he earned his master's degree in teaching writing. He lives in Cupertion, California.

More About the Author

I write about food politics and personal computing technology.

I devote most of my free time to hiking, ocean swimming, and camping. I also enjoy cooking, reading, Netflix, and a variety of outdoor activities.

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Packed with information how animal products determine our health and about industrial animal production.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in vegetarianism.
Kelly L. Dobson

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112 of 117 people found the following review helpful By J.W.K on October 6, 2002
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Erik Marcus has done a masterful job of introducing non-vegans to the vegan perspective. Along with John Robbins' The Food Revolution (which I also highly recommend), there is no better book on the subject. After reading both books, I have decided to become a vegan. It's healthy, ecological, and much kinder toward animals. That said, you need only care about one of the above to make the single most important change in your life. Allow me to begin with some facts: 1) A vegan diet can reduce the risk of heart disease to nearly zero. 2) Vegans have half the chance of getting cancer as meat and dairy eaters. 3) Vegans do not die from Mad Cows disease. 4) The meat industry teats animals so horribly I had to skip over that section in the book. Note that vegan diets do not harm animals at all. 5) 40,000 children die each day, mostly from starvation or hunger-related disease. 6) The entire world could be fed on a vegan diet; instead, we run our grain through cattle and sell it off to the rich. 7) Vegan diets consume much less of the earth's resources: less water, grain, and energy. 8) American rangeland is an ecological moonscape. Although by not means a rigorously proven scientific fact, it should also be noted that many vegans report increased energy levels, better brain functioning, higher self-esteem, and increased resistance to disease and colds after making the dietary switch. The author asks, "Is it reasonable to assume that the human brain...functions identically no matter how it is nourished? Is it logical that a diet of beef and chicken and ice cream will produce the same thoughts and emotions as a diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains?Read more ›
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
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I've been a vegetarian for about three years now and am just beginning to switch to a completely vegan diet. Not only has this book reaffirmed my decision but it has convinced me that I need to make a much stronger effort to educate my meat-eating friends and family about why they too should consider eliminating animal products from their diet. I'm going to begin by sending a copy of this book to all of them. Marcus delivers the message about the drawbacks and dangers of eating meat in a non-inflammatory but nonetheless imperative manner that even the most die-hard meat-eaters will find hard to ignore. In particular, I think Marcus was wise to spend the first several chapters of the book focusing on the medical problems associated with eating meat and the powerful healing effect of switching to a vegan diet. Although I believe concern for the environment and animal welfare are equally good reasons to go vegan, I appreciate the fact that diving right into those arguments can turn some people off. When Marcus does bring up those issues, he does so tactfully but without losing any of the poignancy needed to make people understand why the institutional slaughter of animals is so horrific.
This is a very important book because it has the power to help those of us who are already vegetarians explain to the people we love why they should become vegetarians too.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2001
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This is a fantastic book that gives a persuasive case for vegetarianism. The only books out there that are better are Kerry Walters's Ethical Vegetarianism from Pythagoras to Peter Singer and Mary Moore Lappe's Diet for a Small Planet. You can quit eating meat for health reasons, but the bottom line is that carnivorism inflicts suffering and death on innocent creatures. Read Marcus, Walters, Lappe, and others, and go veggie!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Yggdrasil on May 18, 2002
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Erik Marcus, operator of (an excellent website, btw), reaches out to vegan and non-vegan alike with "Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating". As a previous vegeterian who still enjoyed ice cream and eggs, I thought that abstaining from meat still helped animals as well as my health. After reading this book, I can see my reasoning was flawed! The dairy and meat industries are closely linked.
For example, if you shy from meat but still drink milk, you're continuing the endless cycle of cows being impregnated (like other mammals, cows don't produce milk unless they give birth). The cows are then milked for it all (pun not intended!), and when they're worn out after a few years, their exhausted carcasses are sold to be ground up into low-grade fastfood hamburgers. But wait, what about all the calves being born so the cow produces that milk? Female babies replace their mothers for years of endless pregnancy, milking, and infection. The male calves, who have no use in the milk process, are stuffed into veal crates and fed an anemic diet of watered-down formula for their short lives ... before they're lead to the slaughterhouse.
Shocked? I know I was! I'd always disliked milk but loved ice cream (now, I enjoy Soy Delicious soy "ice cream" ... yummy!). Besides the ethics of eating these tortured animals, Marcus also points out the health aspects. Obesity, numberous cancers, heart attacks, angiograms, and many other diseases kill or severely limit the life quality of millions of Westerners. In Asian countries, where low-fat, plant-based diets are the norm, these diseases are virtually unheard of (and I'd like to point out that, at 19 years old, I no longer have perpetual headcolds or the baby fat from years of eating animal products).
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