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Author: Eric Schlosser Narrator: Rick Adamson Publisher: Random House Audio 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

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About the Author

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.