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Fast Food Nation | Study Guide

Eric Schlosser

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At a Glance

Most Americans have eaten fast food, and no one is immune to the fast food industry's impact on the American diet and popular culture. But as journalist Eric Schlosser reveals, McDonald's and other fast food restaurants have transformed the world in ways most consumers don't realize.

Fast Food Nation stunned and alarmed readers around the globe at the time of its publication. This exposé shows how the "all-American meal" widened the class divide, reshaped the American landscape, displayed the worst effects of corporate power, and kept consumers in the dark.

About the Title

The title, Fast Food Nation, indicates fast food, one of the United States' biggest cultural exports and a significant part of the nation's identity. The subtitle, The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, promises the book will tell some uncomfortable—and unpalatable—truths about the food consumers often enjoy. Both title and subtitle are meant to arouse readers' curiosity and concern.


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