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.
I have been using this book as required supplemental reading in my economics classes at a community college for two years. I am deeply grateful to Schlosser's exposure of the targeting of children to "weapons of mass obesity" and the contribution of the fast food industry to the destruction of our health. His section "kids as customers" shows students how effectively the marketing of these products has driven the demand for these "supersized" meals. The discussions of working conditions in both the fast food and meatpacking industry is a clear warning of how our jobs are being de-skilled, automated away, and our standards of living ratcheted down in our post-industrial society. If anyone thinks Schlosser is biased, they ought to be grateful that someone is so dedicated to supporting efforts to save our lives, workplaces, and environment from the "greed is good" mentality of the Gordon Gekkos who have taken over our corporations. I implore people to see "Supersize Me" as well as read this book. I hope that Schlosser's next project is about Wal-Mart.
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