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

Front Cover
Harper Collins, Jul 5, 2005 - Business & Economics - 399 pages

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.

 

Contents

Introduction
1
IT fteat and Potatoes
111
Global Realization
225
Have It Your Way
255
The Meaning
271
Photo Credits
291
Bibliography
356
Acknowledgments
362
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

Eric Schlosser, a contributing editor at the Atlantic Monthly, won a National Magazine Award for an article he wrote on strawberry picking for that magazine. His work has been nominated for several other National Magazine Awards and for the Loeb Award for business journalism.