Sometimes actors have to exaggerate on stage in order to reach the audience. Frequently writers do the same, hoping they can arouse the public by taking a more strident position on an issue than the facts warrant.
This book does not shout; it does not scream or deal in extremes. It simply discusses things we ignore, and points out the peril of ignoring them. Reality is shocking enough, if the reader reflects on the parade of facts assembled.
The reality to which I refer above all is hungry people. They comprise a majority of the population in most countries of the world, and they go hungry because they are wretchedly poor. There was a time when we could ignore this reality and life for us went on as usual. Not any more. Too many things have put nations in close touch with each other. If conditions become increasingly less tolerable for much of the world, we too will suffer the consequences.
The way we respond to the hungry half of mankind will profoundly influence our foreign policy, our military posture, and even a wide assortment of domestic con-