'One of the best nonfiction books of the year.' – Atlantic Monthly Editor's Choice Award
'A challenging and potentially lifechanging book... Scully's book stretches our understanding of what it means to be humane.' – Father Richard John Neuhaus, National Review
'Scully has written what is surely destined to become a classic defense of mercy. A master of language, he leaves a memorable phrase on virtually every page.' – Nicols Fox, The Washington Post
'An extraordinary book, deep, witty, incisive... Anyone who has anything to do with animals (and that means everyone who eats them) owes it to him or herself to read this extraordinary book. It just might change your life.' – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep, in the New Zealand Listener
'The most eloquent recent plea on behalf of animals.' – Michael Pollan, The New York Times Magazine
A masterwork of investigetive journalism and incisive rhetoric, and an emotionally catalyzing call to arms, Dominion explores the many ways our society has turned its gaze away from animals, and countenanced a shameful climate of exploitation and cruelty toward them.
The result is a powerful, groundbreaking statement on the obligation we owe these creatures over which we have dominion – at once conservative and humane, religiously grounded and scientifically sound. Matthew Scully redefines an issue once relegated to the fringe, so that our treatment of animals becomes a measure of our humanity.
Matthew Scully is a special assistant and senior speechwriter to President George W. Bush. A former literary editor for National Review, he has been published in various periodicals including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.