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Fast Food Nation The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Eric Schlosser New York NY Houghton Mifflin Company 2001 383 pp Notes 1395 This book is about fast food the values it embodies and the world it has made writes Eric Schlosser in the introduction of his book Fast Food Nation His argument against fast food is based on the premise that the real price never appears on the menu The real price according to Schlosser ranges from obliterating small business spreading pathogenic bacteria exploiting workers accelerating urban sprawl to creating a generation that is fatter and less fit than ever Schlosser grounds these claims firmly with the myriad of facts figures and statistics he has compiled He has exhaustively researched the deep-reaching effects of fast food the surprising consequences He paints a human face of the pain caused by the fast food industry He recounts the agony of dozens of people who have died of infected meat describes the sufferings of the illegal slaughterhouse workers and details the sad fate of the independent business owners His carefully reasoned arguments combined with his moving narratives evoke indignation and sympathy from his readers Schlossers book is also a call to action In this effort he enumerates the successes of the people against the corporations Schlosser aims his book at the average consumer he urges them to simply stop buying it He is able to persuade the reader to join him in his indictment of the fast food industry with the nauseating details he presents Although never directly stated the book is permeated with the idea that you too will ultimately pay the real price of fast food Schlossers argument is objective full of dry humor and brilliant logic and sprinkled with scathing comments His writing is witty clinical and completely understandable The readers are left to draw their own conclusions Schlosser does not aim to change McDonalds menu to tofu bars with brown rice his
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