"Schlosser is a serious and diligent reporter..." "[Fast Food
Nation] is a fine piece of muckraking, alarming without beling
—Rob Walker, New York Times Book Review 1/21/01
"Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation is a good old-fashioned
muckraking expose in the tradition of The American Way of Death
that's as disturbing as it is irresistible....Exhaustively
researched, frighteningly convincing....channeling the spirits of
Upton Sinclair and Rachel Carson....Schlosser's research is
impressive--statistics, reportage, first-person accounts and
interviews, mixing the personal with the global."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"An exemplary blend of polemic and journalism....A tale full of
sound, fury, and popping grease."
—starred review Kirkus Reviews
"Schlosser is part essayist, part investigative journalist. His
eye is sharp, his profiles perceptive, his prose thoughtful but
spare; this is John McPhee behind the counter...."
"...everywhere in his thorough, gimlet-eyed, superbly told story,
Mr. Schlosser offers up visionary glints....For pure,
old-fashioned, Upton Sinclair-style muckraking, the chapters on
the meatpacking industry are masterful."
"'Fast Food Nation' is investigative journalism of a very high
order. And the fit between the author's reporting and his
narrative style is just about perfect. The prose moves gracefully
between vignette and exposition, assembling great quantities of
data in small areas without bursting at the seams."
"Schlosser establishes a seminal argument for the true wrongs at
the core of modern America."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Reminiscent of Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle'....."
"Schlosser has done huge amounts of intense, on-the-scene
reporting, and he backs up his concerns very convincingly. He
presents incredibly resonant images and statistics and
observations the reader is unlikely to forget."
—San Jose Mercury News
"'Fast Food Nation' should be another wake-up call, a super-size
serving of common sense...."
—Atlanta Journal Constitution
"Part cultural history, part investigative journalism and part
polemic...intelligent and highly readable critique...."
—Time Out New York
"Fast Food Nation is the kind of book that you hope young people
read because it demonstrates far better than any social studies
class the need for government regulation, the unchecked power of
multinational corporations and the importance of our everyday
"Fast Food Nation presents these sometimes startling discoveries
in a manner that manages to be both careful and fast-paced.
Schlosser is a talented storyteller, and his reportorial skills
From the Back Cover
"New York Times" Bestseller
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
In 2001, "Fast Food Nation" was published to critical acclaim and
became an international bestseller. Eric Schlosser s expose
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)."
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