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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Fast Food Nation The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Author: Eric Schlosser
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-shatte...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780060838584
ISBN-10: 0060838582
Publication Date: 7/1/2005
Pages: 416
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  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 159 ratings
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 18
Great read. It's "The Jungle" for the late 20th / early 21st century. This book has spawned many other looks into the fast food craze along with the movie "Super Size Me" and another great book, "The China Study". They made a film adaptation to this book that I thought was awful. The book is much more engaging. For those that thought it was dry, well, I've plowed through a lot of text books that almost burned my eyes out, so this book kept my interest throughout. I too, have not eaten fast food since 2003, when I read this book. Over four years ago now. Worth reading!
reviewed Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
Written by Eric Schlosser, noted for his journalistic work on NPR, he does an amazing job at uncovering the hidden truths about our food system in the United States, its lack of regulation and safety measures, and how fast food is the cumulation of this food epidemic. You'll never look at hamburger or a food recall the same way again. Our government, with legislation and enforcement heavily based on powerful lobbyists, has done a fantastic job at putting the public at ease to think they are in control. However, you will quickly discover that we are barely a half-step away from Sinclair's Chicago meatpacking horrors depicted in "The Jungle". This book is one not to miss!
starfkr avatar reviewed Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal on + 53 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
I read this book over four years ago and it has really changed the way I eat. Not only is it enlightening, it's also an interesting and fast-paced read. I went from being a person who ate fast food a few times a week to being someone who eats fast food a few times a year. This book is a life changer. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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Helpful Score: 6
Ths book is very well researched, but with a sensationalized tone, analysis of the fast food industry, from its roots and beginnings to what it has become today. It also explores the damange it has wrought to the workers involved in this massive food chain (meat cutters, farmers, cattlemen) to those who consume the final product.
reviewed Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Interesting if skewed book. It was recommended to me as an "eye opener" but from my place in life as a small farmer, I saw it as a one-sided, sensation seeking work. It caused me to check out a few facts and it created much discussion in my home and for that I think that it is definatly worth a read. Just don't believe everything you read. Not everything about the food industry is evil. Much, which is where the changes need to be made, but not all.
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If you were sickened or appalled by Sinclair Lewis The Jungle, wait until you read this exposé of the way we eat now! Guaranteed that after reading this you will think twice before even setting foot in a fast food restaurant again. You will think twice about school lunch programs! You will even wonder about your favorite food markets and what you are serving to your family at home. In short, this book could be the completely non-fiction sequel to The Jungle that takes it from raw material straight through to the retail level of an industry that is the most detrimental to human welfare: fast food. Having worked at many forms of the retail food industry, including the military, and having been named a Certified Food Executive I have personal insights into many facets of the industry. This book should be on the mandatory reading list for all secondary school principals, superintendents, school committee members, state legislators, and members of congress. {See also, Chew On This [0-618-71031-0; 978-0-618-71031-7]}

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