Fast Food Nation Audiobook Summary
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.
Fast Food Nation Audiobook Reviews
I’ve always heard about this book and finally I read it and wow! I am blown away! The author does an incredible job at laying out the glory days where hard work, elbow grease, determination and fairness is what got these first trailblazers off the ground and hamburgers became a staple of the American diet and way. Then the gruesome details which he seems to explain in a mostly non-bias way , one gets the feel he is not trying to sell vegetarianism – more to the point of the unsanitary conditions of the factories and the diseases of the food. He explains what big industry has done to the American farmer and how the unsanitary meats, chemicals and processing has poisoned the world. He explains above all the affect this type of diet has had on the youth- all youth of every country there is fast food. This is an atrocity and a shame that to this day nothing is being done about the greed and filth of these monster companies. Read at your own risk – you may do something passionate and boycott the bastards!
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