Fast Food Nation

Eric Schlosser

incredibly in-depth and well-focused, this bestseller looks at the influence of fast food in the US (and, to a certain degree, beyond). Schlosser starts with a solid foundation of the history of fast food companies and afterwards builds a framework of how the companies and the companies they control run today. only a small amount of this is about the food itself and why it’s unhealthy. most of it is really the role the fast food industry has played in the corporatization of the US — and why that is unhealthy.

i’m impressed by the scope of this book and how neatly and securely it is nailed together. Schlosser’s gigantic research is well-narrated in plain, clear language. all that may be daunting about this book is perhaps the length of it (nearly 300 pages) and the vast amount of frightening insight that may drastically change how you think about fast food chains, corporations, and the food industry as a whole.

as scary and disgusting as it can be, it is also impressive how calmly hopeful Schlosser is about the future, going so far as to dream that the fast food industry may become “a relic of the twentieth century.” he outlines what can be done and how it can be done. he gives as much personal background as possible to remove the text from entirely lofty theoryland to show the dangers of corporate control and globalization.

while reading this i kept finding instances when i could easily relate what i had just read to what i was seeing and hearing in everyday life, not to mention feeling inclined to mention various sections to people, no matter how inclined they were to think about this sort of subject matter. this book is full of interesting knowledge about how the US has come to be what it is on a lot of levels.

people keep talking about this for a reason. it seems a common response to this book is to have a sudden desire to talk about it and share it with others. possibly that hope for an industry of fast food to be a relic is not so unattainable.