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Fast Food Nation Audiobook

Fast Food Nation

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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.

What the Critics Say

  • 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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    Robert San Antonio, TX, USA 02-11-04
    Robert San Antonio, TX, USA 02-11-04
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    "Very relevant............good read."

    Eric did a great job on this one. However his next book "Reefer Madness" was a bit stronger. A good inside look at american business and the changes from frontier days to today's ready-mix microwave society. Though some subjects don't segue well due to the sheer magnitude of his work, it still stands as a good ready for anyone interested in this area.

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    Wendy Reston, VA, USA 02-01-04
    Wendy Reston, VA, USA 02-01-04 Member Since 2007
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    "Important book"

    This is a book everyone should read (along with John Robbins.) It's the modern day equivient to Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle." My only gripe was that the author has clear anti-Republican biases, a flaw he even admits in the afterwards. Still, this book makes some very important points about the problems with factory farming and meat/poultry/dairy industry in this country. This work, along with that of John Robbins, combined with the recent "Mad Cow" situation will hopefully change things.

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    Jason USA 01-26-04
    Jason USA 01-26-04
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    "A bit tedious"

    Although I agree with much of the premise; the book is too onesided. I felt the author didn't answer even the simplest of questions a critical reader would have of the material. Much of the supporting data offered by the book seemed manipulated and misleading. As a result, I lost interest half-way through the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GLORIA SHORT Worland, WY, US 12-20-03
    GLORIA SHORT Worland, WY, US 12-20-03 Listener Since 2003
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    "Fantastic"

    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

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    Bill Singapore, N/A, Singapore 10-10-03
    Bill Singapore, N/A, Singapore 10-10-03
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    "BB"

    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".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. Cernicky PA 09-21-03
    G. Cernicky PA 09-21-03 Listener Since 2001

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    "no burgers for me"

    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 .

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    Barry Atlanta, GA, USA 09-10-03
    Barry Atlanta, GA, USA 09-10-03
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    "Must Reading About Fast Food Eating"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Elk Grove, CA United States 09-10-03
    Amazon Customer Elk Grove, CA United States 09-10-03 Member Since 2013

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    "a slippery slope from history to rant"

    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.

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    Reed Boulder, CO, USA 11-16-03
    Reed Boulder, CO, USA 11-16-03
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    "have to read again"

    The best book read this year!

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    Steve Tucson, AZ, USA 12-02-03
    Steve Tucson, AZ, USA 12-02-03 Member Since 2015
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    "liberalism spoils food"

    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...

    7 of 17 people found this review helpful

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