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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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    Margie Albuquerque, NM, USA 09-23-04
    Margie Albuquerque, NM, USA 09-23-04
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    "convinced by fast food nation"

    I loved listening to this book. It is very informative, but I didn't feel overloaded with facts. Schlosser has obviously done intensive research on this topic, which I appreciated. It is interesting and astonishing to hear where our food comes from and what kind of problems are related to it. Problems I would have never thought about before. I became a vegetarian, after I finished reading.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark NY, NY, USA 06-20-04
    Mark NY, NY, USA 06-20-04
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    "Always a great book"

    We listened to this book on our drive down the west coast. Very informative. I enjoyed every minute of this book. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Clint Buffalo Grove, IL, USA 04-18-04
    Clint Buffalo Grove, IL, USA 04-18-04
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    "excellent book!"

    This was the first book I listened to since joining audible and I was definetely not disappointed. The reader, first of all, was excellent. More importantly, the information was really interesting. I will think AT LEAST twice before I ever order fast food again. Putting that aside, the details about slaughter house "goings on", feedlot operations and fast food origins are fascinating. Overall, I highly suggest listening to this book.

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    Jonathan Yokohama, N/A, Japan 03-04-04
    Jonathan Yokohama, N/A, Japan 03-04-04
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    "Good food for thought (pun intended)"

    What is the price of extreme efficiency? I can appreciate the rewards of hard work and innovation in a capitalist society. But what is commonsensible isn?t necessarily obvious: Crime, obesity, and the loss of quality jobs take their toll but are hard to attach to what is systematic and political. I think the author provides a fair and important voice in this era of sound bites and polarization. A lot of anti-Americanism and anti-globalization is simply a reaction against the loss of community and values. These changes may not be ?progress? or very good for us. Antitrust laws were put into place for a reason (very American) and the reasons and consequences of their deterioration should be considered. It seems that many of the ills of modern society are the result of the rich and successful influencing politics to the detriment of society at large.

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    Todd Rochester, IN, USA 02-21-04
    Todd Rochester, IN, USA 02-21-04
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    "Interesting, But Flawed"

    This book is at its best when reviewing the history and interaction of fast food, marketing, agriculture, and labor forces. The author has a gift for relating personalities and points of view. However, this thoughtfulness too often gives way to a self-righteous, anti-corporate slash-and-burn will leave you cold unless you picked up the book already believing that government regulation should not only protect consumers from danger, but from their vices as well.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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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    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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