Fast Food Nation

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This book is divided into two different sections. The first section of this book is about “The American Way” which dates all the way backing to post-World War II. And the other section is called “Meat and Potatoes” which refers to the dangers of eating meat, the working conditions of beef industry, the production of cattle and chickens, and the mechanizations of the fast food industry including chemical flavoring of the food. Fast Food Nation begins with the discussion about Carl Karcher and the McDonalds brothers examining their roles as pioneers of the fast good nation in southern California. In the beginning of the book Carl N. Karcher is examined as one of the fast food pioneers with the McDonalds being the others. Karcher opened a drive in BBQ restaurant, and the post World War II provided him with plenty of customers. Nearby, the McDonald Brothers were running their own family restaurant, which was called “McDonalds Famous Hamburgers”. It was the McDonald brothers who began the speedee service system in which brought the customers out of their car and into the restaurant. (Schlosser, 2001, P. 25) After being inspired by the McDonalds, Karl Karcher opened his own self-service restaurant, Carl Jr.’s. Entrepreneurs from throughout the whole nation came to observe the McDonald’s phenomenon. During this period of time many fast food restaurants that are well known today were started: Taco Bell, KFC, Dunkin’ Donuts, Wendy’s, and Dominos. The discussion is then followed by an examination of Ray Kroc and Walt Disney’s complicated relationship as well as each man’s rise to fame. This chapter also considers the intricate, profitable methods of advertising to children. Next, Schlosser visits Colorado Springs, CO and investigates the life and working conditions of the typical fast-food industry employee-- fast-food restaurants employ the highest rate of low-wage
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