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

by Eric Schlosser (Author)

Book Description
To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of
postwar America. Though created by a handful of mavericks, the fast food
industry has triggered the homogenization of our society. Fast food has hastened
the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an
epidemic of obesity, and propelled the juggernaut of American cultural
imperialism abroad. Thatís a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes
them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.

Each day, one-quarter of the adults in the United States visit fast food
restaurants, spending more than $110 billion dollars in the year 2000. Schlosser
examines the franchise arrangement, with its curious blend of protection,
paternalism and profit as adeptly as he delves into the specifics of whatís in
the beef. Also on Schlosserís hit list: the susceptibility of meat to dangerous
pathogens such as e. coli; the slaughter of nearly 600 cows per hour (this
American packinghouse standard, he reveals, is nearly 6 times the rate of
European slaughterhouses); an in-depth look into serious nutritional,
environmental, and cultural questions. Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work
of investigation and cultural history that has changed the way America thinks
about the way it eats.

Product Details

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 17, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006116139X



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