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  • Jul 8, 2002
A bit of a disturbing book! It has certainly changed my eating habits. The book was well done and certainly brought out some good points. I was a bit troubled though as to the authors unrelenting "everything is bad in America, blah, blah, blah" bit. Sounded a bit too 60ish for my taste. If indeed, things are as bad as the author indicates, and the "ship is sinking fast," why is it our country is so successful? Why is EVERYONE trying to imigrate here and not the other way around? If this place is really all that bad, it must be really, really bad everywhere else in the world! That being said, I did very much enjoy the book. It was well done and was certainly an eye opener. I liked the author's style. Recommend it as a nice read and points are brougt up that we should all give some though to.

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On any given day, one out of four Americans opts for a quick and cheap meal at a fast-food restaurant, without giving either its speed or its thriftiness a second thought. Fast food is so ubiquitous that it now seems as American, and harmless, as apple pie. But the industry's drive for consolidation, homogenization, and speed has radically transformed America's diet, landscape, economy, and workforce, often in insidiously destructive ways. Eric Schlosser, an award-winning journalist, opens his ambitious and ultimately devastating exposé with an introduction to the iconoclasts and high school dropouts, such as Harlan Sanders and the McDonald brothers, who first applied the principles of a factory assembly line to a commercial kitchen. Quickly, however, he moves behind the counter with the overworked and underpaid teenage workers, onto the factory farms where the potatoes and beef are grown, and into the slaughterhouses run by giant meatpacking corporations. Schlosser wants you to know why those French fries taste so good (with a visit to the world's largest flavor company) and "what really lurks between those sesame-seed buns." Eater beware: forget your concerns about cholesterol, there is--literally--feces in your meat.

Schlosser's investigation reaches its frightening peak in the meatpacking plants as he reveals the almost complete lack of federal oversight of a seemingly lawless industry. His searing portrayal of the industry is ...

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ISBN-10: 0395977894
ISBN-13: 978-0395977897
Author: Eric Schlosser
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Date Published: January 17, 2001
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