Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

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Harper Collins, 2004 - History - 399 pages
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Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled 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 California's subdivisions, where the business was born, to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike, where many of fast food's flavors are concocted. Along the way, he unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths -- from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, and even real estate.


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A good read, and well-researched. - LibraryThing
... very well researched SCARY information. - LibraryThing
This is a well-researched and very readable volume. - LibraryThing
Researched and well written. - LibraryThing
Amazing and well researched - what else is there to say - LibraryThing
It's not just high calorie, large portion meals. - LibraryThing

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Something occurred to me while finishing this book. While I was reading Fast Food Nation, I was also finishing the seventh Harry Potter. Everyone who had already read HP told me how good it is, how ... Read full review

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User Review  - HeatherCHoffman - LibraryThing

If you are trying to avoid fast food, this is the book for you. Read it alongside Upton Sinclair's The Jungle if you're looking to really clean out your stomach. A mix of facts and stories of real people, this book will make you think twice about what we eat in America. Read full review


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Eric Schlosser is a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly. He has received a number of journalistic honors, including a National Magazine Award for an Atlantic article he wrote about marijuana and the war on drugs. This is his first book.

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