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.
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"... a fierce indictment of the fast food industry." (The New York Times)
The book is enlightening, I especially enjoyed the history of the the fast food industry and the humble beginnings of the now super giants of the industry (McDonalds, Carl's Jr., etc). Although the author presents a biased view of the industry and it's ills. He presents the companies within the industry as evil corporations. His slanted view of the companies and how they reign with tyranny over the average american worker is very slanted. His liberal views of larger government, more regulations, and handouts to the labor force is enough to spoil the whole book.
The history of the industry is entertaining, the author's liberal views on how to solve the problems is hard to swallow and sometimes makes you sick...
Covers a wide swath of subjects, from sprawl to minimum wage to, oh, yeah, fast food. Not very focused. More importantly, the singsongy, cheery narrator was completely wrong for the subject matter. The book was not a light, breezy, fun look at the subject, a la The Food Network. But that's how the narrator read EVERYTHING, even the worst horror stories. He completely undermined any deeper points the author was trying to make, by making everything sound so lightweight. The narrator should stick to commercials, or at least happy, pleasant little books.
If you're interested in the many subjects in the book, unfortunately listening to this audiobook will be the wrong way to learn about them. I hate to say it, but go get the printed copy, where you can hear the author's outrage in your own head, without Mr. Happytalk.
Many interesting facts are presented here. Unfortunately, they are presented by a game show host. It's easy enough to filter out the emotional overreach and lack of critical emphasis from the author, but I find myself recalling the details in the same sugar-doped, deep-fried voice in which they are presented. At least I know which books to avoid listening to in the future.
I thought this book was going to be mainly about the health issues surrounding fast food, but that is such a minor part of it. We learn about the entire history of the industry, its effects on popular culture, economics, and other related food industries. I knew there was good reason to stay away from certain fast food restaurants based simply on health reasons, but now there are so many others, not the least of which are how they exploit their workers and enable partners in other food industries to exploit their workers. After listening to this book, I pretty much stayed out of fast food restaurants for almost two years. It is really a fascinating and persuasive book!
I absolutely recommend this book. It is engaging, informative, and shocking. Schlosser manages to describe the horrors of the mass food production industry while maintaining the humanity of all involved. He is a great storyteller. I was disappointed that this was an abridged version. I would have liked to hear the full version.
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!
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.
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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