Book Excerpt: Fast Food Nation

The first chapter of Eric Schlosser's New York Times bestseller "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal."
February 13, 2002, 10am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"This is a book about fast food, the values it embodies, and the world it has made. Fast food has proven to be a revolutionary force in American life; I am interested in it both as a commodity and as a metaphor...The extraordinary growth of the fast food industry has been driven by fundamental changes in American society...The basic thinking behind fast food has become the operating system of today’s retail economy, wiping out small businesses, obliterating regional differences, and spreading identical stores throughout the country like a self-replicating code. America’s main streets and malls now boast the same Pizza Huts and Taco Bells, Gaps and Banana Republics, Starbucks and Jiffy-Lubes, Foot Lockers, Snip N’ Clips, Sunglass Huts, and Hobbytown USAs."

Thanks to The Practice of New Urbanism

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Published on Saturday, January 1, 2000 in The New York Times
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