Schlosser is a serious and diligent reporter... [Fast Food Nation] is a fine piece of muckraking, alarming without beling alarmist.
--Rob Walker, New York Times Book Review 1/21/01
Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation
is a good old-fashioned muckraking expose in the tradition of The American Way of Death
that's as disturbing as it is irresistible....Exhaustively researched, frighteningly convincing....channeling the spirits of Upton Sinclair and Rachel Carson....Schlosser's research is impressive--statistics, reportage, first-person accounts and interviews, mixing the personal with the global.
--San Francisco Chronicle
An exemplary blend of polemic and journalism....A tale full of sound, fury, and popping grease.
--starred review Kirkus Reviews
Schlosser is part essayist, part investigative journalist. His eye is sharp, his profiles perceptive, his prose thoughtful but spare; this is John McPhee behind the counter....
...everywhere in his thorough, gimlet-eyed, superbly told story, Mr. Schlosser offers up visionary glints....For pure, old-fashioned, Upton Sinclair-style muckraking, the chapters on the meatpacking industry are masterful.
'Fast Food Nation' is investigative journalism of a very high order. And the fit between the author's reporting and his narrative style is just about perfect. The prose moves gracefully between vignette and exposition, assembling great quantities of data in small areas without bursting at the seams.
Schlosser establishes a seminal argument for the true wrongs at the core of modern America.
Reminiscent of Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle'.....
Schlosser has done huge amounts of intense, on-the-scene reporting, and he backs up his concerns very convincingly. He presents incredibly resonant images and statistics and observations the reader is unlikely to forget.
--San Jose Mercury News
'Fast Food Nation' should be another wake-up call, a super-size serving of common sense....
--Atlanta Journal Constitution
Part cultural history, part investigative journalism and part polemic...intelligent and highly readable critique....
--Time Out New York
Fast Food Nation is the kind of book that you hope young people read because it demonstrates far better than any social studies class the need for government regulation, the unchecked power of multinational corporations and the importance of our everyday decisions.
Fast Food Nation presents these sometimes startling discoveries in a manner that manages to be both careful and fast-paced. Schlosser is a talented storyteller, and his reportorial skills are considerable.