Books just don’t work very well to create outrage anymore. There are other, better ways today, using the new media: posting pictures, using YouTube, etc.
Upton Sinclair’s landmark 1906 book, The Jungle, came out before mass media, and when people actually had some time to read. And the abuses he noted were dramatic, such as workers’ bodies being left in lard or sausage. Gives you a bad taste in your mouth, doesn’t it? The government had to respond, and they did, big time.
Now there’s a new book about food abuses, Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment, by journalist David Kirby. NPR has a brief review of it. An example of problems: millions upon millions of fish dead in the Neuse River in NC: