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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

     by Schlosser, Eric

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

In this book of non-fiction often compared to Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, Schlosser dissects the experience of stopping at a fast food joint for a quick burger. With often shocking facts and figures, Schlosser examines the real cost of cheap hamburgers and fries and discusses how fast food has changed not only the world of restaraunts, but has also affected the environment, the American epidemic of obesity, and the globalization of capitalism. Behind the pleasant facade of Happy Meals and "Have It Your Way," Schlosser presents fast food restaurants taking advantage of underpaid employees, encouraging a dangerous approach to beef slaughter, and making money by taking advantage of children through advertising. 

In some parts decidedly "not for the faint of heart," Schlosser's book is muckracking at its best. Whether you agree with Schlosser's conclusions or not, after reading this book you will never quite look at fast food in the same way again.

Reviewed by aw, 4/02. Other reviews by aw.