Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

74%

14 Critic Reviews

An exemplary blend of polemic and journalism, guaranteed to put you off your lunch.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

New York Times Bestseller, 

 With a New Afterword

“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).

 

About Eric Schlosser

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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.
 
Published January 17, 2001 by Mariner Books. 387 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Cooking, Children's Books, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Fast Food Nation
All: 14 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

An exemplary blend of polemic and journalism, guaranteed to put you off your lunch.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Rob Walker on Jan 21 2008

This is a fine piece of muckraking, alarming without being alarmist.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 15 2008

Schlosser's incisive history of the development of American fast food indicts the industry for some shocking crimes against humanity, including systematically destroying the American diet and landscape, and undermining our values and our economy.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Miss Bob Etier on Feb 22 2010

Fast food is a fact of life, and if you want a thorough explanation of all aspects of that fact, Fast Food Nation is the place to look. You will come out of the experience knowing lots more than you expected.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Scott Butki on Sep 06 2008

Just make sure you're not eating when reading it.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Scott Tobias on Apr 19 2008

In Fast Food Nation, the industry threatens not just a monopoly on America's diet, but an all-encompassing pox on its way of life.

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PopMatters

Above average
Reviewed by Erin Downey Howerton on Feb 21 2008

Schlosser’s book is vast in scope, a sprawling map of the United States both as obvious and invisible to humans as air.

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Large Print Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness on Nov 18 2008

This is a scary, yet all too relevant book. Schlosser's evidence is well documented and the book includes extensive endnotes.

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Spirituality & Practice

Good
Reviewed by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat on Jan 21 2008

Read Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser and take to heart his suggestions in the last chapter to halt the nightmare of a nation of brainwashed toddlers eating and drinking junk food and sugar water.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Chris D. on Mar 01 2008

Eric Schlosser uses a variety of techniques to appeal to the widest audience and makes people rethink about how they view the fast food industry.

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Teen Ink

Below average
Reviewed by Sam G. on Mar 01 2008

Schlosser's manipulation of emotions fails to convince readers of his flawed argument.

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Teen Ink

Above average
on Mar 01 2008

With its strong arguments and factual evidence, the author was able to fulfill his purpose and make the book enjoyable to read.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Charnell on Mar 01 2008

This book is not light reading, but it is worthwhile if you are interested in the effects of fast food.

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Grasping For The Wind

Good
Reviewed by John Ottinger III on Jul 12 2008

I learned a lot from Fast Food Nation, and will probably avoid beef for a while as a result.

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