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Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat Hardcover – 27 Jul 1998


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  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD (27 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684845164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684845166
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.2 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Robbins author of "Diet for a New America" Buy ten copies; give them to people you love. This is the real thing. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Seattle Times book review (June 7, 1998)
"A stunning example of a true insider--in this case, a fourth-generation Montana cattle rancher--turning the tables on a bloated industry he once embraced. In no-nonsense style, he chips away at the meat monolith: the loss of topsoil from cattle grazing, the spread of 'mad cow' disease, the clearing of rainforests for ranch land, the use of pesticides, hormones and ground-up animals in raising livestock. Aside from the ethical and ecological ramifications is Lyman's own remarkable physical transformation: On a plant-based diet, he shed 130 pounds and lowered his cholesterol by more than 150 points."

(excerpt of review by Dave Bowman)


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was a pretty hardcore carnivore - loved eating meat & seafood all the time.
I picked this book up "on a whim" because I love reading many different viewpoints on various subjects. I thought this book might be interesting.
Little did I know, this book would change my life!
I have not eaten any meat or seafood since the day after I read this book about 10-months ago and would highly recommend it to anyone who can open their mind to the possibility that eating meat might *not* be the right thing to do.
Read this book openly and allow yourself to really question your most closely held values about food & health.
I used to hunt and have not touched a gun since. Might consider it only for target practice, but would NEVER hurt an animal again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Feb. 1999
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I highly recommend this book as an eye-opening revelation of the injustices that go on every day in the meat, pesticide & herbicide industries. The one drawback of the book is how angry it made me that such outlandish pratices exist in today's modern society. Luckily, I have been able to redirect that anger towards making a postive change for myself and the earth. This book will save you and contibute to saving the world. I am totally serious.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr G H Butterworth on 30 Jan. 2001
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This book covers quite a lot of ground, from how to run a feedlot operation, to how meat affects the health of those who consume it. The sources/citations are thorough, and the evidence presented pretty much speaks for itself. This is a good book to buy for those who claim that 'vegetarians are sick all the time'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb. 1999
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I love hearing Howard Lyman speak in person so it is nice to have a book where I can read about his experiences any time. Mr. Lyman has a refreshingly down to Earth way of getting his important message out. I find that even the most avid meat-eaters enjoy reading his book and hearing him speak. I've seen Mad Cowboy change people from meat-eater to vegetarian overnight. He does not alienate people while he stresses the importance of an animal-free diet. I hope there is another book from Mr. Lyman in the works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 July 1998
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My son gave me a copy of this book and I intended to just read 20 or so pages and if it didn't do anything for me, to drop it there. However, not only did I find Howard's story extremely compelling, but the rest of the information is absolutely captivating. My son has been a vegetarian for 5 years and has given me other books to read. I couldn't get through any of them before this one. For the first time I think I fully understand my son's reasons for having changed his diet -- because after reading this book I have changed mine. Like Howard, I never thought I would become a vegetarian, but thanks to Howard's book, I am.
Howard manages to create a full context for where our current farming practices and diet are taking us, and it's not a place that is filled with health and joy. By showing the possibilities of the vegetarian diet, he is showing us the way. Bravo, Howard Lyman. Great book. Great life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Mar. 1999
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This book presents the need for revising our eating habits in a level heade manner. This is for people who may feel alienated by the rhetoric of animal rights groups or offput by what may be perceived as an extremist attitude. Reading this book presents the necessary reasons for adopting a vegan lifestyle to the general reader. Unlike many other sources, this book is not written by people who the average reader can in no way relate to. The author knows firsthand what goes on in the cattle industry. He had the conviction to give up his livelihood for this decision. He was not in a comfortable position where he can condemn the other for errors that only he, and his enlightened friends, could percieve. His presentation of the facts and his life will bring many to see the need for this lifestyle. Read it--for your health, for the planet, for all of us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Aug. 1999
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This book is awesome! I have always been a big meat eater until I read this book. No one can possibly look at a piece of meat again and have a craving for it after reading this book. I didn't realize how much horrid stuff is involved with the cattle industry. I am going to send a copy to my mother so she can realize she doesn't need meat anymore. Thanks for a great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 July 1998
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I too inherited land in the West from my grandparents. I have seen what has happened over the last 50 years. I know personally men who are living what Lyman is writing about. Lyman's book is true. (The abuse of our environment and our land is beyond rape. After all, the victim usually survives a rape. This is more like murder.) This will all come to an end the day the Midwest/West runs out of water, and this day is coming. Our family farm, which used to pump water with a windmill, now can no longer "get water." I wouldn't be surprised if we saw a return to the Dust Bowl, which my father lived through. We need to use sustainable farming. And the practice of making herbivores eat other animals needs to be stopped immediately, until modern science has a better handle on CJ disease. Pesticides, herbicides--nobody knows the results of using these agents over 50 or 100 years. But you can believe Howard Lyman. I wish he would address the concentrated hog feeding issue. This is going to be worse than the (cattle) feedlots. Keep telling the truth, Howard. It's not just Montana. The future of our nation is at stake.
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