June 1, 2003 |
You read Eric Schlosser to get mad. Or better yet, because you're already mad and you want to be able to explain why everyone else should be. With his bestseller "Fast Food Nation," Schlosser became the go-to guy for anyone inclined to rail against McDonald's. Forget about tasteless and fatty hamburgers -- Schlosser's reporting showed that the rot in the industry goes much deeper, into the slaughterhouses and restaurant kitchens where poor immigrants and teenagers toil.
July 30, 2003 |
In the world of journalism, investigative reporters are the test pilots, almost as glamorous as foreign correspondents. Integrity, courage, dogged curiosity and a general disregard for personal hygiene are their movie-version personality traits. But mild-mannered Eric Schlosser has higher goals and lesser motivations. He writes about the things that bug him: the grief of families of murder victims, the American prison-industrial complex, and the seduction of America by the fast-food industry.
March 11, 2001 |
"Fast Food Nation" is a passionately argued, incendiary polemic about a subject close to our hearts (and stomachs), and Eric Schlosser may be the Upton Sinclair for this age of mad-cow disease.
May 8, 2006 |
Chew on This Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson Houghton Mifflin: 304 pp., $16 * AT the dawn of the 1960s, our newly elected, youthful president, John F. Kennedy, popularized a nationwide physical fitness program for schoolchildren. Even in those days before computers and video games, he worried that kids were spending too much time watching television, being chauffeured by their parents and just not getting enough exercise.
November 21, 2002
"Fast Food Nation" By Eric Schlosser Houghton Mifflin (January 2001) "This is a brilliant book that describes everything that went wrong with the American Dream through the prism of our fast-food culture. I read it with relish, and also a large helping of fries and a medium Coke." Bill Maher, Comic and former host of ABC's "Politically Incorrect."
November 1, 2004
Re "Super-Sized Deception from Fast-Food Giants," Commentary, Oct. 24: I completely agree with Eric Schlosser's points about the deception of these fast-food companies and other corporations that are misrepresenting what Proposition 72 would really do if passed. I was disappointed, however, that he wrote that "the only American workers who consistently earn less [than minimum wage] are migrant farm workers." I would have expected Schlosser to know better. In addition to farm workers, garment workers, janitors, day laborers, domestic workers, ethnic restaurant workers and many other workers in low-wage industries all usually earn less than minimum wage.