Fast Food Nation

Summer 2003 Reading Selection

Fast Food Nation
The fast-food industry has had an enormous impact on the way that Americans live and eat. In Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser looks at how fast food has influenced all sectors of the American culture, from its economy to its industry to its cultural values. Schlosser talks about topics as diverse as the integration of fast food and urban sprawl, the effects of the fast food industry on teenage labor, the new phenomenon of the rural ghetto, the exploitation of immigrant and migrant labor, the franchise business, and the effects of globalization. He also looks at the science of food additives and how the processing of our food has destroyed natural flavors. The broad scope of this books allows for its integration into a variety of classes across campus.

About the Author - Eric Schlosser
Eric Schlosser, journalist and first-time published author, catapulted into the limelight with his book Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (Houghton Mifflin, 2001; Perennial, 2002). This book was a finalist in the 2002 Book Sense Non-fiction Book of the Year. Learn More