Along the way, Schlosser exposes the cockroaches and rats found in fast food kitchens, the overworked and underpaid employees behind the cash registers, the mauled laborers trying to keep up with an accident-prone speed rate in meatpacking houses, and then, of course, the corporate greed driving the entire industry.
Carl was born in in Ohio. He quit school after eighth grade and spent long hours farming with his father.
Carl moved out to California, where he met his wife Margaret and began his own family. Margaret and Carl bought a hotdog cart; Margaret sold hotdogs across the street from a Goodyear factory while Carl worked at a bakery.
Carl eventually opened a Drive-In Barbeque restaurant. The post-WWII economy provided him with plenty of customers. During this period many of the fast-food places that remain today were started: During the Arab oil embargo offast-food restaurants underwent a bad scare, but they recovered.
Carl Karcher ran into his own difficulties throughout his career with Carl Jr. He does not miss the good old days. Here, the author provides a somewhat nostalgic look into the exciting post-World War II era when the economy was great and big dreams were possible.
Interestingly, Schlosser is virtually silent about the tumultuous race relations in Southern California in this period. While he briefly mentions the Ku Klux Klan on page 14, he says nothing about the presence of Mexican Americans. He might have used the founding of Taco Bell to discuss how white Americans in this time and place appropriated images of Mexico in very specific ways.
Moreover, Schlosser cites Cary McWilliams when discussing the atmosphere of the s, yet chooses to overlook her seminal study North from Mexico in which she interrogates the fierce racism Mexican Americans faced.
This study suggests a conspiracy of those in power to put Mexican-American youths in jail for a murder they did not commit in the mids.'Fast Food Nation' might have translated into a compelling documentary.
Instead, Schlosser's research is used as a springboard into a sluggish fictional narrative that merely hints at the grim 50%. This fictional tale critiques the junk-food juggernaut that's arguably responsible for America's alarming obesity rates, centering on a CEO of a fast-food chain who follows beef's journey from the corrals to the slaughterhouses -- and your stomach.
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult. Fast Food Nation provides the reader with a vivid sense of how fast food has permeated contemporary life and a fascinating (and sometimes grisly) account of the process whereby cattle and potatoes are transformed into the burgers and fries served up by local fast food franchises/5().
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Schlosser is a talented storyteller, and his reportorial skills are considerable. Fast Food Nation () cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more.