Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation

By Eric Schlosser

  • Release Date: 2012-03-13
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4
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New York Times Bestseller

“Schlosser has a flair for dazzling scene-setting and an arsenal of startling facts . . . Fast Food Nation points the way but, to resurrect an old fast food slogan, the choice is yours.”—Los Angeles Times

In 2001, Fast Food Nation was published to critical acclaim and became an international bestseller. Eric Schlosser’s exposé revealed how the fast food industry has altered the landscape of America, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world. The book changed the way millions of people think about what they eat and helped to launch today’s food movement.

In a new afterword for this edition, Schlosser discusses the growing interest in local and organic food, the continued exploitation of poor workers by the food industry, and the need to ensure that every American has access to good, healthy, affordable food. Fast Food Nation is as relevant today as it was a decade ago. The book inspires readers to look beneath the surface of our food system, consider its impact on society and, most of all, think for themselves.

“As disturbing as it is irresistible . . . Exhaustively researched, frighteningly convincing . . . channeling the spirits of Upton Sinclair and Rachel Carson.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Schlosser shows how the fast food industry conquered both appetite and landscape.”—The New Yorker

Eric Schlosser is a contributing editor for the Atlantic and the author of Fast Food Nation, Reefer Madness, and Chew on This (with Charles Wilson).

Reviews

  • Not good, misleading title

    1
    By Rsndbja1232
    Fast Food Nation was a disappointing book. What could have been excellent turned out to simply be mediocre. Filled with long and poorly connected anecdotes and unnecessary backstory, the book falls short on painting a clear picture of the perils of fast food. Instead of a cohesive argument, what is presented is fragmented and not pulled together, to going on tangents about other industries as a whole. The overall theme of the book isn't anything regarding fast food, but rather lessons regarding big business as a whole. As mentioned in other reviews, the author creates a very noticeable liberal bias in the book, which alienates so
  • Great Book

    5
    By pinklaw
    This book really opened my eyes on what went on in the fast food era. So many unsafe practices in regards to food handling. I would recommend this book to anyone
  • Great book!

    5
    By Jasmine Eppes
    Awesome read, loved this informative book. It really changed my view on what I eat. Ever since I've read this book, my lips haven't touched Taco Bell, McDonalds, Burger King or the like. It will ,are you change your view of fast food. Loved it!
  • Very informative

    4
    By DJ 4 WVU
    Besides the obvious left-wing bias in the book, it reveals a lot of interesting information about the fast-food industry and the meat-packing industry.
  • Never again

    1
    By KiraRyuk666
    Hated it
  • Meat gone bad! Is it safe to eat?

    4
    By Mnalley
    Thanks for the wealth of information. It is our right to know how our meat is processed and where it comes from, I was not surprised that the Republicans were supported by the meat industry! This was chosen as a summer reading. I will enjoy discussing this book with my class. In order to make good decisions we must be informed.
  • Ewwwww

    5
    By Eggjfz
    I came into this book thinking it would be boring. I'm never eating at McDonald's Wendy's or bk again. Or another hamburger. Well written with evidence to back it up. Too bad this hasn't changed anything. Still underplayed workers and ecoli outbreaks
  • Book

    1
    By Giggity goo lol
    Very boring, fell asleep so much reading it would not recommend
  • Pre-AP English Review

    4
    By lvillega
    This book was very good it talked about how the government had subsidized organizations and it's effects. I really had grievance towards so companies mentioned here but there were good companies, it talks about the deep turmoil between companies and all the litigations taken between these companies. At first I had a sly opinion on the topic but know I'm completely fed, we should coerce someone to help us thwart all these bad things going on. It's a very macabre business going on and it's very bad, but I think arbitrarily there is a small chance of this ever ending. The inculcation happening in these corporations are just astounding and magnificent. The workers have monotonous interest in their jobs that is something that is just wrong. I vehemently liked this book because it espouses everything.
  • Amazing!

    5
    By Flyboyemt
    Very informative book. It makes you think twice when you go the grocery store.

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