Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Paperback – Illustrated, March 1 2012
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- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0547750331
- ISBN-13 : 978-0547750330
- Item Weight : 318 g
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.32 x 20.32 cm
- Publisher : Mariner Books; Revised ed. edition (March 1 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #249,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
-Rob Walker, New York Times Book Review 1/21/01
"Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation is a good old-fashioned muckraking expose in the tradition of The American Way of Death that's as disturbing as it is irresistible. . . .Exhaustively researched, frighteningly convincing. . . .channeling the spirits of Upton Sinclair and Rachel Carson. . . .Schlosser's research is impressive - statistics, reportage, first-person accounts and interviews, mixing the personal with the global."
- San Francisco Chronicle
"An exemplary blend of polemic and journalism. . . .A tale full of sound, fury, and popping grease."
-starred review Kirkus Reviews
"Schlosser is part essayist, part investigative journalist. His eye is sharp, his profiles perceptive, his prose thoughtful but spare; this is John McPhee behind the counter. . . ."
- Washington Post
". . . everywhere in his thorough, gimlet-eyed, superbly told story, Mr. Schlosser offers up visionary glints. . . .For pure, old-fashioned, Upton Sinclair-style muckraking, the chapters on the meatpacking industry are masterful."
"'Fast Food Nation' is investigative journalism of a very high order. And the fit between the author's reporting and his narrative style is just about perfect. The prose moves gracefully between vignette and exposition, assembling great quantities of data in small areas without bursting at the seams."
"Schlosser establishes a seminal argument for the true wrongs at the core of modern America."
- Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Reminiscent of Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle'. . . .."
- Boston Globe
"Schlosser has done huge amounts of intense, on-the-scene reporting, and he backs up his concerns very convincingly. He presents incredibly resonant images and statistics and observations the reader is unlikely to forget."
- San Jose Mercury News
"'Fast Food Nation' should be another wake-up call, a super-size serving of common sense. . . ."
- Atlanta Journal Constitution
"Part cultural history, part investigative journalism and part polemic. . . intelligent and highly readable critique. . . ."
- Time Out New York
"Fast Food Nation is the kind of book that you hope young people read because it demonstrates far better than any social studies class the need for government regulation, the unchecked power of multinational corporations and the importance of our everyday decisions."
- USA Today
"Fast Food Nation presents these sometimes startling discoveries in a manner that manages to be both careful and fast-paced. Schlosser is a talented storyteller, and his reportorial skills are considerable."
- Hartford Courant "
From the Back Cover
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 Schlossers 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 todays 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).
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By Eric Schlosser
It's been selected as one of TIME's 100 Best Nonfiction books. Fast Food Nation is a landmark book right up there in importance with Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Originally published in 2002 (and reissued in 2012 with a new Afterward), it's equally relevant today. But, if you're a fast food fanatic you might want to pass on reading it for fear of being driven to vegetarianism.
Slosser traces the history of fast food, from its beginnings with the car culture in California, to its worldwide spread to the point where 65 million people eat at 28,000 McDonald's restaurants every day.
Slosser explores the seamy underside of the fast food business including its impact on the environment, obesity (more than half of all Americans and 25% of American children are obese or overweight) and public health (including the risk of dangerous pathogens being entering the American food chain). He laments the fact that the business is defined by the industrialization of most of its parts.
He describes how fast food chains like McDonald's are supplied with "meat" for their quarter pounders and Big Macs. Agri-business conglomerates maintain giant feedlots with thousands of cattle pressed cheek to jowl being force fed hormones and 3,000 pounds of grain to gain 400 pounds in weight and depositing 50 pounds of waste per day - waste which lies unprocessed in giant pits. He traces the food production process through the disgusting, dangerous (to workers) and often unsanitary practices of slaughterhouses and meat packing plants to the delivery of chemically enhanced pink hamburger patties, each of which can contain meat from dozens and even hundreds of different cattle. Because of all this Slosser argues that there is a greater risk than the public realizes of being made sick by a strain of E. coli in a fast-food burger. As he points out, "There's s*** in the meat!"
Of greater concern, the food production process suffers from a lack of sensible government regulation.
The bottom line according to Slosser is that the low price of a hamburger does not reflect its true cost. Those costs in terms of the environment, worker safety, and public health are simply passed along to the American public.
Slosser suggests that, as they enter a fast food restaurant, readers should ignore the colorful backlit images and think about: "where the food came from, how it was made, what is set in motion by every fast food purchase and the ripple effect far and near." Rather than placing your order, he says, you can "turn and walk out the door." Even in fast food, he concludes," you can still have it your way."
The book is very well written and engrossing. 5 of 5. impressive book
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The book (as you have probably worked out before reading this review) is all about the fast food industry in the US, and talks about the bullying tactics the big corporations have used to sell their products as cheaply as possible to children. It talks a lot about the history of fast food, and picks up on the strange fact that the McDonald brothers didn’t actually make all that much money from their chain called, er…. McDonalds.
There’s quite a bit covered here… What’s actually in the meat? What’s in the fries? How are fast food restaurant staff treated? How does the meat packing industry work? Why do fast food companies sponsor schools?
I strongly recommend this book – personally, it made me feel quick sick about the idea of going into a fast food restaurant!
Anyone wishing to opt out of the fast food culture read this book now!
This is probably the 4th copy I've purchased as when I lend it out I never get it back due to it being a good damn read - one of the "unputtable" down books.
It's a real eye-opener as to the state of our food industry, both terrifying and fascinating in the same amounts. People and animals are all victims in the same machine. And yet, the allure of the Big Mac still reigns supreme...
What has already happened in the fast food industry is probably the blueprint that most corporations would like to emulate if they could. The fast food industry lends itself particularly well to the explotation of suppliers, young employeees and the consumers who are unwittingly snared by the wholesome images and the artificially enhanced flavours.
This book will open your eyes to a world you may not be aware existed.