2007: 24. Fast Food Nation

“Cheyenne Mountain sits on the eastern slope of Colorado’s Front Range, rising steeply from the prairie and overlooking the city of Colorado Springs.  From a distance, the mountain appears beautiful and serene, dotted with rocky outcroppings, scrub oak and ponderosa pine.  It looks like the backdrop to an old Hollywood western, just another gorgeous Rocky Mountain vista. And yet Cheyenne Mountain is hardly pristine.”

Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser

I am about the last person on Earth to have read this book -- when they have already made the non-fiction book into a movie, and that movie is on dvd, the cultural moment has passed -- and I had already embraced a lot of what it has to say about food production and the way that Americans eat as true (and have tried in my best ways to change how and what I eat).  However, this book is in no way outdated or passe - every American should read this book and realize what might have been in this country, and what still could be if fast food and its attendant values hadn’t triumphed.  Schlosser is a great reporter, telling us what we all would know if we really thought about it - that things that are cheap, and gaudy and easy, aren’t of much value at all. 

Recommend for: People who are interested in the ways that consumerism has really altered American life; people want to know what we could to do make this a better country; people who are ready to give up Big Macs forever. 

Date/Place Completed: 02/19/07, D.C.

Categories: Non-fiction.

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