Carl worked there seventy-six hours a week, selling goods to local farmers for their chickens, cattle, and hogs. Eventually, I gave up on meat and became a vegetarian. Eric Schlosser presents comprehensive view of what our fast food nation has become both positive and negative.
This book proves how bloody hypocritical the American government is as if anyone doubted it already. When he was funneling millions of dollars in cash to offshore accounts and threatening people with violence, he went over to the dark side.
However, it is difficult to come away from this book without the feeling that moralistic and protectionist views influence legislation and perpetuate poverty and disenfranchisement. Schlosser makes the argument there is no real reason for the criminalization of marijuana other than the fact there is no money in it.
I realize that fast food - in all it's manifestations - is nearly impossible to seperate from an American's lifestyle. The extraordinary growth of the fast food industry has been driven by fundamental changes in American society. The narrative, if nothing else, is an interesting read.
Ultimately though, this book is somewhat stilted and doesn't form a very cohesive whole. Foods that may look familiar have in fact been completely reformulated. This book does all it can to let us know every dirty secret of fast food companies, but I feel it can only make us feel guilty as we pick up another Whopper or Happy Meal.
Schlosser lives in California, and is working on a book about the prison system.
Mind you, this section surprised me because I was expecting it to deal with Hugh Heffner or Larry Flynt, but they barely made a mention in this section. After World War I, the heavily German character of Anaheim gave way to the influence of newer arrivals from the Midwest, who tended to be Protestant and conservative and evangelical about their faith.
I thought this was a really good book because it has the honest truth about Fast-Food and your favorite fast food resturants.
The cities back East had been built in the railway era, with central business districts linked to outlying suburbs by commuter train and trolley. An industry that began with a handful of modest hot dog and hamburger stands in southern California has spread to every corner of the nation, selling a broad range of foods wherever paying customers may be found.
Published April 1st by Mariner Books first published