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)
This was one of the most informing books I have ever read. Every Mother and Politician should be required to read this. It should be in every library, including school librarys
As a high school business teacher, I use segments from this book for my "must read" period at the start of every class. So many areas of the curriculum are touched by this book. Not only having Colorado residency but also having family members in the meat industry, this book really brought it home. On my third "listen".
I would have given this book a 5 star salute if it weren't for the drudgery of details about the characters . Way too much detail and probably the book could have been a lot shorter and more gory details of the food industry . Still , there are many eye opening messages that all consumers shoud be aware of .
Well written and well read. You'll be sorry when it's over. Every parent who has ever taken a child to a fast food restaurant, needs to listen to (or read) this book, before going again. The worker abuses we thought went out with the early part of the last century, are alive and thriving under the golden arches and at their suppliers. If only 1/2 of what this book reveals is true, then we are fools and hypocrites for supporting this industry with our personal and tax dollars. I travel through factories in China and workers there are paid and treated better, than workers at your local Burger King.
This book starts out almost fair and balanced and quite interesting but by the middle has deteriorated into a liberal rant. Very good overview of the industry, players, and history to that point. You'll know when the ranting starts because the evil of the world is somehow linked to fast food. Ah but wouldn't that explain liberal politics as well? Mind food for people who don't chew.
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!
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