Professor Ashley Woodward
29th November 2012
Book Report: A Summary and Analysis of Fast Food Nation
Over the past 20 years, the population of overweight individuals has grown tenfold. Within Northern America, many cities, towns, and even school cafeterias are inundated with fast food options. Eric Schlosser, in his book Fast Food Nation, conducts an in depth examination of the "hidden meal" within fast food companies, assesses the multiple influences of the fast food epidemic on modern American life, and analyzes the preparation of fast food. The book is divided into two parts; the first exhibits Schlosser’s extensive research, whereas the second part of the book is where Schlosser begins to reveal his viewpoints and ideas on the radical development of the fast food industry. Furthermore, Schlosser discusses how the commercialism of the American fast food industry has had a revolutionary influence on not only the average person’s diet and health, but also on popular culture and media, both farming and cattle industries, work habits, and every day life in general. Fast Food Nation is divided into two main parts. The first part, titled The American Way, takes the reader on a tour of the Cheyenne Air Force Station where Schlosser illustrates that even employees in a secret service building are influenced by the fast food stores within a remote base. He continues establishing influential historical factors by discussing post-World War II financial opportunities and how the average person could become considerably wealthy by making smart investments. Additionally, Schlosser expresses his thesis as the following; "fast food, the values it embodies, and the world it has made," (3). However, he follows with this statement: "The Golden Arches are now more widely recognized than the Christian Cross," (4). Thereafter, the author’s opinions and views become ever more apparent in his writing. Eric Schlosser explains that the industry...