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Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
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Apr 15, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: us-society-and-culture

Coming very late to this -- everyone I know read in 5 or 6 years ago -- but glad I finally got to it. As a fast-food loving meat-eater from way back -- trips to McDonald's are the primary "treats" I remember from childhood -- this book certainly strengthened my resolve to give the stuff up. No real surprises here, especially since there was significant buzz around the book when it came out, but it's a fine piece of social criticism, with some excellent writing; in particular, his discussions of the relationship between the fast food industry and the wider US and global economy made for great reading. I must say, though, that it was probably easier to read it, as I did, while traveling in Japan; it surely helps to be on a diet completely the opposite of what's being described in the book.

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