If you care about animals (and who doesn't?) this is a great book. Styled as an autobiography, the real thrust of the book is about the importance of ethics -- in all its contradictory and uncertain aspects -- to each of us. The ethical question at hand is the abuse of animals. Rollin explores it in various contexts: veterinary schools, research laboratories, the farm, animal shelters, and home. The importance, the reader soon realizes, is that animal abuse is not merely a wrong in itself. It is something that demeans us as humans. Rollin explores this realm with his two greatest gifts: making smart-as-a-whip philosophical analysis accessible to the casual reader, and plain-spoken, honest dialogue and stories. Make no mistake, this is not a bleeding-heart memoir. Rollin is a tough guy. As a weight-lifting biker and a college professor, he can clearly hold his own in a street fight or a duel of intellects. One of the best parts of the book is that the biographical material is never gratuitous -- it serves to illustrate the fundamental principle that confronting a wrong, followed by an honest dialogue, can lead to better understanding and, get this, solutions. This book tells a lot more than a life story, it tells us how to lead a life.