BOOK REVIEW: Committed: A Rabble-Rouser’s Memoir

Committed: A Rabble-Rouser's Memoir

This was a fun and light read from the mastermind behind many of PETA’s most unusual and headline-grabbing protests. Although the group’s stunts often leave many animal rights supporters cringing for the impression they create of our cause, PETA has obviously found success because of them. Mathews explains the philosophy behind the demonstrations that have found the author dressed as a carrot, a priest, and sometimes wearing nothing at all. (I’m still not fully convinced that such stunts further rather than impede the goals of animal advocacy.)

It should be noted that Committed is first and foremost an memoir rather than an animal rights book. Although the author sprinkles in some asides about the cruelty of animal exploitation, the focus is mainly on his life spent fighting it. As dedicated I am to the humane cause, ironically, my favorite chapter is one in which Mathews and a companion discover one very unusual Mexican restaurant-turned-thrift shop and its oddball proprietor.

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