Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal [FAST FOOD NATION] Unknown Binding – January 1, 2002
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This book recounts the history behind the uprising of fast food to become a dominant force in our modern society. However, what most of us do not know is : "what lies behind the shiny, happy surface of every fast food transaction". Eric goes on to investigate every aspect of the fast food industry: people, cattle, vegetables, health etc. The storytelling techniques that he uses throughout the book bring this expose to life. The stories are descriptive, personal and touching.
A very educative and enlightening read, and a rude (much needed) awakening about the food industry in general and the fast food industry in particular.
Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:
"The history of the twentieth century was dominated by the struggle against totalitarian systems of state power. The twenty-first will no doubt be marked by a struggle to curtail excessive corporate power. The great challenge now facing countries throughout the world is how to find a proper balance between the efficiency and the amorality of the market."
"Today's fast food industry is the culmination of those larger social and economic trends. The low price of a fast food hamburger does not reflect its real cost - and should. the profits of the fast food chains have been made possible by losses imposed on the rest of society. The annual cost of obesity alone is now twice as large as the fast food industry's total revenues."
"The right pressure applied to the fast food industry in the right way could produce change faster than any act of Congress. The United Students Against Sweatshops and other activist groups have brought widespread attention to the child labor, low wages, and hazardous working conditions in Asian factories that make sneakers for Nike."
"Nobody in the United States is forced to buy fast food. The first steps toward meaningful change is by far the easiest: stop buying it. The executives who run the fast food industry are not bad men. They are businessmen. They will sell free-range, organic, grass-fed hamburgers if you demand it. They will sell whatever sells at a profit. The usefulness of the market, its effectiveness as a tool, cuts both ways."
"Whatever replaces the fast food industry should be regional, diverse, authentic, unpredictable, sustainable, profitable - and humble. It should know its limits. People can be fed without being fattened or deceived. This new century may bring an impatience with conformity, a refusal to be kept in the dark, less greed, more compassion, less speed, more common sense, a sense of humor about bran essences and loyalties, a view of food as more than just fuel. Things don't have to be the way they are. Despite all evidence to the contrary, I remain optimistic."
This book has really changed my life. Schlosser goes into great detail describing how the food industry functions. I like how he writes about his personal experiences in the slaughterhouses and processing plants. It makes me think, "what has our world come to to take such extreme measures to make money! The number of lives sacrificed to get you that Big Mac is outrageous. Schlosser took many tours through slaughterhouses and interviewed many former employees that have been burned out from the tortuous conditions. The food itself is described in detail for us. Schlosser says that, "Everyday in the United States, roughly 200,000 people are sickened by food borne disease, 900 are hospitalized, and 14 die". I appreciate the detail and evidence he includes when giving these facts. This information he was giving however, was a little disorganized. Facts were sprawled out on the page, and the amount of facts were overwhelming. It was almost too much to take in at once. This made it a hard read, and I did not like that about this book. He also starts out slow with a lot of history and background information. How the food is made and processed isn't described in detail until halfway through the book.
His main message presented was how the fast food industry is affecting society. This book may have been published in 2001, but the information still accurately describes the industry today. He makes a point to mention that this book is not outdated in the afterward of the 2011 version.
I recommend this book to anyone. Having more people know about what is really behind the Big Mac and the Whopper will help society understand what they are eating and how it can affect them. Schlosser's book Chew on This is a great companion to the book as it describes "everything you never wanted to know about fast food". He was also the co producer of the movie Food Inc. which I also recommend if you want to learn more about the fast food industry.
Most recent customer reviews
I've had this book for almost 20 years now, as I was supposed to have read it for my sociology class.Read more