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Fast Food Nation | [Eric Schlosser]

Fast Food Nation

To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.
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To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Though created by a handful of mavericks, the fast food industry has triggered the homogenization of our society. Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled the juggernaut of American cultural imperialism abroad. That's a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.

Schlosser's myth-shattering survey stretches from the California subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many of fast food's flavors are concocted. He hangs out with the teenagers who make the restaurants run and communes with those unlucky enough to hold America's most dangerous job - meatpacker. He travels to Las Vegas for a giddily surreal franchisers' convention where Mikhail Gorbachev delivers the keynote address. He even ventures to England and Germany to clock the rate at which those countries are becoming fast food nations.

Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.

Executive Producer: Sherry Huber
Producer: Paul Ruben
Abridgment by Lynn Lauber
Jacket design: Martha Kennedy
Jacket photograph: ©Jim Scherer
Line Art: CSA Images
©2001 by Eric Schlosser
(P)2001 Random House, Inc.
Random House Audible, a division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Adult Non-Fiction, 2002

"... a fierce indictment of the fast food industry." (The New York Times)

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    Deb Pflugerville, TX, USA 09-17-04
    Deb Pflugerville, TX, USA 09-17-04 Member Since 2015
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    "A Real Eye Opener"

    This eye-opener started out rather light-hearted and humorous, BUT THEN it deveolped a rather dark and disturbing theme. The machinations of McDonald's in particular and the whole fast food industry in general have the whole world in their grip. The type of food, the way it is presented, and the way WE are herded into that Universal Drive-Up Window makes me think . . . OH NO, IT CAN'T BE!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Kansas City, MO, USA 08-30-04
    Kyle Kansas City, MO, USA 08-30-04
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    "Can't just eat one!"

    I loved this book. I love knowing how everything works. I had no interest in this book's topic, but was swept away by the mystery, truth and journalistic style of this book. I am a technical person by nature and have found the foundations sometimes more interesting than the end-result of a system, application, industry or person.

    This book was one that I could not wait to get plugged back into. I was horrified, inspired and awakened by the content of this book. I hope everyone interested in how things work finds this as interesting as I did.

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    Martin San Bruno, CA, USA 06-10-04
    Martin San Bruno, CA, USA 06-10-04
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    "Boring"

    I couldn't get past disk one, couldn't tell where it was going and by that point, didn't care. McDonald's isn't health food - a huge surprise. Maybe it's better in paperback, it was awful on audio.

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    Jamie El Segundo, CA, USA 04-27-04
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    "Very interesting information"

    Very interesting information about the fast food industry.

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    Linda Quiquivix Santa Monica, CA United States 10-15-03
    Linda Quiquivix Santa Monica, CA United States 10-15-03 Member Since 2012
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    "PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT..."

    WARNING: Extremely good chance this book make a vegetarian out of you.

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    David Freeport, ME, USA 10-14-03
    David Freeport, ME, USA 10-14-03 Member Since 2014
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    "Really, really good."

    This guy knows how to research his topic and present it in an intelligent, engaging manner.

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    Kevin Christy Orange County, CA 09-11-03
    Kevin Christy Orange County, CA 09-11-03 Member Since 2001

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    "An Essential Read"

    This work is an essential read to understanding both the strengths and weaknesses of this quintessential American industry. There is a dark underbelly to Happy Meals and Bacon Western Cheeseburgers, and it is weirder and more brutish than you can imagine. Even from the perspective of a conservative Republican like myself, this industry is badly in need of reform.

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    Gary 09-08-03
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    "Food for thought"

    A great book, really an eye-opener on the fastfood world. Although this is clearly a liberal view point, the author appears to have completed extensive reasearch on the subject matter. He urges us not to purchase food from the giant fastfood corporations but what about all of the uneducated workers the fastfood corporations support? I guess we would have to let them starve.

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    James Cleveland, OH, USA 12-12-09
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    "Socialist Propaganda"

    I was hoping this book would talk more about issues of health, the shift in eating habits, and cultural changes related to fast food. However, this book is little more than socialist propaganda. It talks about how evil McDonalds is for paying minimum wage, how terrible the big food companies are for putting the little farms/ranches out of business, and how the big wigs at Coke-Cola are capitalist pigs for wanting people to drink more of their soft drinks.

    If you want some good old Reagen-bashing, capitalism is evil, the sole-less corporation is out to get you-type reading this may be for you. Otherwise, look elsewhere.

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    Rob Delmar, MD, USA 06-23-03
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    "Interesting and disturbing"

    Great book, I can't believe how corrupt people can be.

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