"'Fast Food Nation' is investigative journalism of a very high order. And the fit between the author's reporting and his narrative style is just about perfect. The prose moves gracefully between vignette and exposition, assembling great quantities of data in small areas without bursting at the seams."
In the fast food restaurants of Colorado Springs, behind the counters, amid the plastic seats, in the changing landscape outside the window, you can see all the virtues and destructiveness of our fast food nation. I chose Colorado Springs as a focal point for this book because the changes that have recently swept through the city are emblematic of those that fast food — and the fast food mentality — have encouraged throughout the United States. Countless other suburban communities, in every part of the country, could have been used to illustrate the same points. The extraordinary growth of Colorado Springs neatly parallels that of the fast food industry: during the last few decades, the city’s population has more than doubled. Subdivisions, shopping malls, and chain restaurants are appearing in the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain and the plains rolling to the east. The Rocky Mountain region as a whole has the fastest-growing economy in the United States, mixing high-tech and service industries in a way that may define America’s workforce for years to come. And new restaurants are opening there at a faster pace than anywhere else in the nation.
"Fast Food Nation presents these sometimes startling discoveries in a manner that manages to be both careful and fast-paced. Schlosser is a talented storyteller, and his reportorial skills are considerable." --Hartford Courant
"Fast Food Nation is the kind of book that you hope young people read because it demonstrates far better than any social studies class the need for government regulation, the unchecked power of multinational corporations and the importance of our everyday decisions."
I must admit, i was excited to read this book, thinking it would be something like 'Super Size Me.' However, as I progressed through the book, I was dismally disappointed. It starts off with details, that I found, had nothing to do with fast food. As it continues, the fast food portion comes into play bit by bit. The parts that tell of the slaughterhouses, and the ingredients in the food, etc... did interest me, but there was little of that. I also felt that the book was entirely one-sided. The points about minorities are true, but to me, it sounded as if Schlosser was saying that minorities and teenagers made up the fast food nation [workers and customers]. Dont get me wrong, teenagers and minorites do make up the majority of the working population at fast food restaurants, but when it comes to customers, where I live, Jacksonville FL, it seems like more adults, all different colors, eat out daily. just so you know i'm only 16. so please dont bash my review. I had to read this for AP Language Arts [Jr. in highschool].