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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (145,239 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Schlosser Narrator: Rick Adamson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2001 ISBN: 9780375419171
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Fast Food Nation - the groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that has changed the way America thinks about the way it eats - and spent nearly four months on the New York Times bestseller list - now available on cassette!

Are we what we eat? 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 propelling the juggernaut of 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-shattering survey stretches from the California subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many of fast food's flavors are concocted. Along the way, he unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths - from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, even real estate. He also uncovers the fast food chains' efforts to reel in the youngest, most susceptible consumers even while they hone their institutionalized exploitation of teenagers and minorities. Schlosser then turns a critical eye toward the hot topic of globalization - a phenomenon launched by fast food. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It would be a mistake to treat Fast Food Nation as just another piece of stomach-turning, muckraking literature. Schlosser did far more, connecting the rise and consolidation of the fast-food industry in America to the declining power of labor unions, sliding blue-collar wages, and growing income inequality.”

    Time magazine

  • “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 decisions.”

    USA Today

  • “A fierce indictment of the fast food industry.”

    New York Times

  • “A fine piece of muckraking, alarming without being alarmist.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[An] ambitious and ultimately devastating exposé…Schlosser’s investigation reaches its frightening peak in the meatpacking plants as he reveals the almost complete lack of federal oversight of a seemingly lawless industry. His searing portrayal of the industry is disturbingly similar to Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, written in 1906: nightmare working conditions, union busting, and unsanitary practices that introduce E. coli and other pathogens into restaurants, public schools, and homes. Almost as disturbing is his description of how the industry ‘both feeds and feeds off the young,’ insinuating itself into all aspects of children’s lives, even the pages of their school books, while leaving them prone to obesity and disease. Fortunately, Schlosser offers some eminently practical remedies.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “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.”

    Washington Post

  • “Reminiscent of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.”

    Boston Globe

  • “One of the top fifty life-changing health books.”

    Huffington Post

  • “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

  • “A good old-fashioned muckraking exposé 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

  • “Schlosser establishes a seminal argument for the true wrongs at the core of modern America.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An exemplary blend of polemic and journalism...A tale full of sound, fury, and popping grease.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Adult Nonfiction
  • One of Time Magazine's All-Time 100 Best and Most Influential Nonfiction Books since 1923
  • One of Entertainment Weekly’s The New Classics—100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008
  • One of the Huffington Post’s Top 50 Health Books

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin St.Clair | 2/18/2014

    " Makes you wanna hurl..... you do feel really bad while and after reading it.... job very well done.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 2/17/2014

    " Yep, you'll never look at french fries the same way again. Appalling on so many levels, Fast Food Nation preceded many of the "watch out for your food" documentaries that have become so popular. Examining every step of the fast food chain - from the commercial farm excesses to the chemists in N.J. who make your fries smell like "fries" to the underpaid and abused workers who process the products - this book made it impossible for me to go to a fast food restaurant again. It should be required reading for every fifteen year old in America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie Hendrickson | 2/12/2014

    " I'd probably give this 3.5 stars. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't have to read it for school. It was very interesting, and I learned about the Fast Food industry. You can tell that the author put in a lot of research to educate his readers. This book talked about how fast food started in America. It talked about the business side of the fast food industry, like franchises and strategies for selling food and stuff like that. It also talked about where the meat and food comes from-definitley the most disgusting part of the book, but it was super interesting. Some meat industries let dirty and diseased meat be sent to the fast food restaurants! (Eww!) The author talked about the employees that work in the actual fast food restaurants and in the meat packing industries. I was surprised at how many people get hurt in the industries, and the companies do nothing about it! This book definitely made me more aware of what was in the food I was eating and what happened to get that food on my plate. This book didn't make me a vegetarian, but I will be more weary of what I put in my body. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teri Pre | 1/24/2014

    " Interesting, but dated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra Baumann | 1/20/2014

    " So interesting. You'll never look at fast food the same way again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerrie Vnuk | 1/17/2014

    " I rated 5 stars because this book changed my life. Since reading this with my book club nearly five years ago, I have completely stopped eating at fast food chains and haven't touched ground beef. At times, the book can get too far into the details, but I whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone who still eats this type of food. It will open your eyes to what's REALLY in those burgers! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariel | 1/14/2014

    " Infinitely better than the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/4/2014

    " This book is enjoyable, readable, and obviously well-researched. At times, however, the author tried too obviously to sway my emotions, something I found off-putting - and unnecessary, given the realities he's describing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 12/31/2013

    " This book is depressing but should be required reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/2/2013

    " If I weren't already vegan, I would be after reading this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica | 11/30/2013

    " This is a must read for everyone. Although some parts were pretty disturbing, it's fascinating to learn about the Fast Food Nation that America has become. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 12/26/2012

    " An eyeopening book that everyone should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexa Price | 11/11/2012

    " This book is a little outdated because it was published in 2000, but had some very good points. I had to read it for a class, but it gave me even more motivation to stay away from ground beef and fast food. We decide what we put into our bodies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 7/7/2012

    " An informative and shocking look into the operations of the modern-day fast food industry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JannaL | 6/28/2012

    " A little outdated since it was written in 1999 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juan Hernandez | 6/5/2012

    " It took me a while to read this book. It's kind of heavy reading, almost like reading a manual. But the prose and the stories really engrossed me and now that I'm done, I will think twice before I go to a fast food joint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 2/17/2012

    " Very readable and gave me a good insight to the way food reaches our tables. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blue | 2/14/2012

    " Didn't touch any fast food for years after reading this one. American food standards are for sh**! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 bbbbbbrr | 10/30/2011

    " Liked: overall, it will probably have some positive impact on our country.. Disliked: there was a bit much admiration for the giants of industry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amyhh Holston Hesting | 10/25/2011

    " Will make you ask yourself about eating meat and where it comes from... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 7/29/2011

    " Great book, very eye-opening. It took awhile to get through but it makes me think twice now about fast food. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bekka | 6/14/2011

    " you'll never look at meat the same way again... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stellar | 5/24/2011

    " Fast food is evil and makes you fat. That's all. Stop eating it and go make yourself a damn sandwich instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddie | 5/16/2011

    " Excellent. Fascinating exposé.
    I love KFC and I probably always will.
    The movie was terrible, don't watch it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 5/13/2011

    " Interesting to read, but unfortunately, it did not stop my liking for french fries and hamburgers. I do agree that it is sad what is happening to the American farmer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 5/11/2011

    " as with food, inc...i love this kind of stuff. i appreciated the behind the scenes information about what our fast food world is really made up of and what it is doing to our world. a must read for young people and for those who are addicted to eating out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thenerdmom | 4/22/2011

    " I'll never eat fast food again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 4/21/2011

    " This should be on the syllabus of every high school. Great book.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 4/20/2011

    " Very interesting book about the history of the fast food movement in the U.S. Of particular interest to me was the role that farms play in this sector. There are many things I liked about this book, but at the same time, it is pretty terrifying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 4/19/2011

    " I didn't eat at the golden arches for over a year after reading this.... but the evilness of the clown is diminished when you drop someone off at the airport at 5am and you think, mmmm pancakes and coffee..... mmmmmmmm "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 4/18/2011

    " This book made me NOT want to eat out... at least for a long time. "

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About the Author
Author Eric Schlosser

Eric Schlosser is an American journalist and author known for investigative journalism. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Fast Food Nation and Command and Control, as well as Reefer Madness and Chew on This. His writing has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Nation. He was executive producer of the Oscar-winning major motion picture There Will be Blood as well as producer and co-producer of critically acclaimed documentary films. Schlosser studied American history at Princeton University and earned a graduate degree in British imperial history from Oxford. He lives in California with his wife, Shauna Jean Redford, and has two children.

About the Narrator

Rick Adamson is an award-winning voice artist with more than twenty years’ experience in voiceovers, spoken word events, event announcing, and children’s media, as well as commercials for well-known international corporations. He has narrated numerous television and film documentaries, including Croatia, co-narrated with Martin Sheen. His audiobook narration includes more than two dozen major books, as well as dozens of early-reader titles for juveniles. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2011 for Best Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction for In a Heartbeat, and he was among the finalists for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Personal Development/Motivational Work for Younger Next Year. He earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for the ensemble narration of Rough Water.