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The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

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An edition of Fast Food Nation (2001)

Fast Food Nation

The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

1st Perennial ed. (8)
  • 4.21 ·
  • 14 Ratings
  • 83 Want to read
  • 7 Currently reading
  • 19 Have read
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Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That's a lengthy list of charges, but here 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 California's subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many 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, and even real estate.
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Fast food nation: the dark side of the all-American meal
2012, Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
2006, Harper Perennial
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Fast Food Nation: the dark side of the all-American meal
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March 1, 2003, Riemann
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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
2002, Perennial
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Fast Food Nation: what the all-American meal is doing to the world
2002, Penguin Books Ltd
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Fast Food Gesellschaft: Die dunkle Seite von McFood und Co.
2002, Riemann Verlag
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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
2001, Houghton Mifflin
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New York, NY, USA

Table of Contents

American way: Founding fathers
Your trusted friends
Behind the counter
Success
Meat and potatoes: Why the fries taste good
On the range
Cogs in the great machine
Most dangerous job
What's in the meat
Global realization
Epilogue: Have it your way
Afterword: Meaning of mad cow.

Edition Notes

Originally published: New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [356]-361) and index.
US/CAN

Copyright Date
2002

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
394.1/0973
Library of Congress
TX945.3 .S355 2002, TX945.3.S355 2002

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
383 p. :
Number of pages
383

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24206856M
Internet Archive
fastfoodnationda00schl
ISBN 10
0060938455
ISBN 13
9780060938451
LCCN
2001051914
OCLC/WorldCat
48450069, 751100647
Alibris ID
9780060938451
Amazon ID (ASIN)
0060938455
Goodreads
385254

Work Description

To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar Amerca. 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 propelled 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. He hangs out with the teenagers who make the restaurants run and communes with those unlucky enough to hold America's most dangerous job -- meatpacker. He travels to Las Vegas for a giddily surreal franchisers' convention where Mikhail Gorbachev delivers the keynote address. He even ventures to England and Germany to clock the rate at which those countries are becoming fast food nations.

Along the way, Schlosser 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, and 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 is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.

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CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN SITS on the eastern slope of Colorado"s Front
Range, rising steeply from the prairie and overlooking the city of
Colorado Springs.
added by Lisa. "first sentence."

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