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Committed: A Rabble-Rouser's Memoir

by Dan Mathews

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  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
The first half of the book was really good, chronically the author's child hood and young adult life. The second half had a lot of name dropping which I normally find irritating, but in this case I understand as most of the celebrities mentioned were useful in various campaigns and or demonstrations. Plenty of informtaion about the fur industry and it's inhumane tactics. ( )
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To Benjamin Lay, "the rebellious gnome" (1681-1760)
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The hefty woman at the night desk of the Sleep Inn in Omaha greeted us with maps, brochures, and directions to the ice machine, oblivious to the huge crate we carried past her.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743291875, Hardcover)

Committed is a bold, offbeat, globe-trotting memoir that shows how the most ridiculed punching bag in high school became an internationally renowned crusader for the most downtrodden individuals of all -- animals. This irresistibly entertaining book recounts the unorthodox coming-of-age that inspired a reluctant party boy to devote his life to a cause, without ever abandoning his sense of mischief and fun.

Mathews is the irreverent force behind the colorful crusades carried out by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), making animal rights the "it" cause with campaigns involving nude protestors, odd costumes, and celebrities as diverse as Pamela Anderson and Sir Paul McCartney. With self-deprecating wit and candor, he reveals the edgy details of his outrageous career, which has found him arrested naked on the streets of Hong Kong, dressed as a carrot outside grade schools in Iowa (where he was pelted with luncheon meats), and impersonating a priest to crash a fashion show in Milan.

From the rock scene in Hollywood and London to the inner sanctums of New York high fashion and from jails in Boston to a psychiatric ward in Paris, Committed spotlights the adventures life can offer when you don't abandon your ideals and imagination with your youth.

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A bold, offbeat, globe-trotting memoir that shows how the most ridiculed punching bag in high school became a crusader for the most downtrodden individuals of all--animals. Mathews recounts the random incidents and soul-searching that inspired a reluctant party boy to devote his life to a cause, without ever abandoning his sense of mischief and fun. As the irreverent force behind the colorful crusades carried out by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), one of the most effective and enduring pressure groups in the world, he has strutted naked before a fur convention in Tokyo, halted GM's use of animals in crash tests by storming the carmaker's float in the Rose Parade dressed as a rabbit, and crashed a fashion show in Milan dressed as a priest. With self-deprecating wit and candor, Mathews reveals all the edgy details of his unorthodox coming-of-age and equally outrageous career.--From publisher description.… (more)

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