This post is partly to see if Happy Cow is working. I'm wondering as there were no comments at all yesterday.
I've read as many books as I could about AR and AW since the '70s. If I had to pick one author to recommend it would probably be Jonathan Balcombe for his wonderful books, "Pleasurable Kingdom" and "Second Nature".
I too have read lots of books on animal rights, from Peter Singer's "Animal Liberation" to Gary Francione's "Animals as Persons" to Carol Adams "The Sexual Politics of Meat" to Breeze Harper's "Sistah Vegan". I also enjoyed "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows" by Melanie Joy.