Fast Food Nation

Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. New York: Harper Perennial, 2001. Few people need to be told that fast food is bad for your body; Schlosser shows how it is likewise bad for your economy, your landscape, and your democracy. Chapter by chapter, Schlosser examines the impact the fast food industry has had on the world: from driving down pay and safety standards, to encouraging sprawl, to destroying the family farm to influencing government policy. The infrastructure that maintains our fast food lifestyle is slowly eating away at the foundations of American culture. (And we're exporting it to the rest of the world).

The book is journalistic and thoroughly researched; and although Schlosser's scene-setting style gets a bit tiresome at times, he manages to incorporate both statistical and anecdotal evidence in an engaging manner.

Some reviewers argue that the book unfairly attacks a wholesome industry; but it's hard to understand how even the most jaded spin-meisters can overlook the real dangers present in our food supply--especially when those dangers affect even non-fast food eaters. Enlightening, and a little bit scary, Fast Food Nation will have you thinking twice about where your food comes from.