I read this book back in 9th grade & the nite I finished it, became a vegetarian. A close friend of mine thought it was ridiculous until he read it, & it caused him to stop eating fast food.
This book is NOT for the squeamish of nature, & if you are squeamish, it might just change your life like it did mine.
It also should not be dismissed because of the film version. The book, being non-fiction & all, is so much better!
Depressing, but in a good way.
This was a really interesting book. It's not done along the same lines as "Supersize Me," going into the nutritional aspects of fast food, but more discusses the history of the fast food industry and how all parts of it are ruining our nation. From the dangerous, dirty slaughterhouses that injure thousands of employees and poison thousands of consumers each year, to the cattle industry that's been taken over by huge corporations and forced small ranchers to close up shop, everything going into the equation is just plain wrong. Americans are getting fatter and small companies- restaurants/cattle farmers/potato farmers- are going out of business. This book really goes into detail about the horrors associated with the "McDonaldization" of America and makes you think twice about the choices you make about what businesses to frequent as well as what foods to put into your body. It took me a while to finish, as it's big and certainly not quick, lighthearted reading, but I definitely recommend it. The issues that Schlosser spent years researching and then discussing in "Fast Food Nation" are truths that everyone in America needs to know.