"A nutritious blend of original interviews, recent statistics, and published research."
Booklist, starred review
"Chew explains the economic, employment, and health consequences of our reliance on junk food while giving kids a sense of their own power."
"Chew on This is an unusually lively, accessible book, filled with colorful stories, photographs, and other eye-opening material, much of which will be news not only to kids but to adults."
Los Angeles Times
"Chew on This should be circulated widely among America's youth. And should be commended for the fact that even in the face of such overwhelmingly bad news, it doesn't completely lose its sense of humor."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Chew on This, written in a brisk, accessible style, combines digestible nuggets of history, present-day anecdotes about individuals that teens may be able to relate to, and statistics that capture the startling size of the fast-food problem."
"Chew on This is an eye-opening book with a worthy message."
". . . it's already being touted as a 21st century version of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, but with chicken nuggets instead of burgers and dogs."
Praise for Fast Food Nation
"An avalanche of facts and observations . . . This is a fine piece of muckracking, alarming without being alarmist . . . Schlosser is a serious and diligent reporter."
New York Times Book Review
". . . As disturbing as it is irresistible . . . exhaustively researched, frighteningly convincing . . . channeling the spirits of Upton Sinclair and Rachel Carson."
San Francisco Chronicle
"An exemplary blend of polemic and journalism . . . a tale full of sound, fury, and popping grease."
Kirkus Reviews (starred)
". . . Everywhere in his thorough, gimlet-eyed, superbly told story, Mr. Schlosser offers up visionary glints . . . For pure, old-fashioned, Upton Sinclairstyle muckraking, the chapters on the meatpacking industry are masterful."
New York Observer
"His eye is sharp, his profiles perceptive, his prose thoughtful but spare; this is John McPhee behind the counter."
"Schlosser establishes a seminal argument for the true wrongs at the core of modern America."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"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."
New York Newsday
"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."
"He presents incredibly resonant images and statistics and observations the reader is unlikely to forget."
San Jose Mercury News
". . . reminiscent of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.
"Fast Food Nation should be another wake-up call, a super-size serving of common sense."
"Part cultural history, part investigative journalism and part polemic . . . intelligent and highly readable critique."
Time Out New York
"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."
"Schlosser revives the best of the muckraking tradition."
Columbia Journalism Review
Praise for Reefer Madness
"Let us now praise Eric Schlosser's Reefer Madness." San Francisco Chronicle
"A brainy, eye-opening read." People
"An enthralling, yet appalling portrait of things too often ignored." Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Required reading . . . provocative . . . persuasive . . . compelling." Business Week
"Schlosser is a fine and diligent reporter with a real gift for description." New York Times
"A deeply informative and readable book . . . He wonderfully illustrates the complexity, contradiction, and futility of extant drug laws." William F. Buckley, Jr., National Review
"Engrossing . . . good, old-fashioned public-affairs journalism at its best." Chicago Sun-Times
"An important follow-up to Fast Food Nation . . . [Schlosser] takes something in plain sight and reveals it in a bright, new way." Oregonian
"An amazing secret history of America's favorite vices." Independent
"Blend[s] big-picture analyses with fascinating individual case studies." New York Times
"An unapologetic muckraker and a talented writer, inspired as much by stylist John McPhee as by gonzo Hunter S. Thompson. He is a journalist with a mission but not an agenda." Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Let us now praise Eric Schlosser's Reefer Madness . . . What's remarkable here is the nuanced, statistically sturdy case he builds along the way.
Schlosser doesn't rant, doesn't sloganeer . . . It's journalism in the great muckraking tradition of Carey McWilliams, whose motto might have been: Don't get angry; get the reader angry . . . Schlosser balances fact, anecdote, and history with a graceful hand . . . His ideas are catchier than most heroic couplets." San Francisco Chronicle
"Reefer Madness is earnest, impassioned, and assiduously researched." Boston Globe
"Part boffin, part adventurer, Eric Schlosser is the Indiana Jones of American journalism, ever ready to quit the library, dust off his leather jacket, and light out for some hellhole deep in the urban jungle . . . Reasonable, modest-toned, and unflashy, he deploys his carefully marshalled facts and figures with quiet panache." Financial Times (London)
"As a reporter, Mr. Schlosser possesses great legs, a sharp eye, and an instinctive grasp of intricate social realities; and Reefer Madness is filled with the sort of rapier factoid that helped make Fast Food Nation a blockbuster . . . With Reefer Madness Mr. Schlosser has consolidated his position as America's premiere post-theoretical muckraker. Setting himself up at the crossroads of commodity and taboo, he has taken hold of the most important question a journalist can ask: In a world filled mostly with strangers, what do we owe one another?" New York Observer
"A talented journalist . . . Reefer Madness is, like his previous book, distinguished by its thorough research, graceful and engaging style, and thoughtful organization . . . an excellent study of the underground economy. San Diego Union-Tribune
"Marches forward with clear eyes and a sober face, ready to do its civic duty . . . Deftly sketching historical roots and sociological implications and bringing it all to life with narrative portraits of ordinary people, then summing up with a frank statement of his policy recommendations." Esquire
"You read Eric Schlosser to get mad. Or better yet, because you're already mad and you want to be able to explain why everyone else should be . . . [a] penetrating investigation . . . a great, muckraking ride . . . His muscular prose pushes you, pell-mell, toward a single conclusion." Los Angeles Times Book Review
"In the finest tradition of all-American muckraking . . . riveting . . . admirably thorough reporting and a refreshingly clear, no-nonsense writing style . . . A lucid, humane voice like Schlosser's gives hope and inspiration.
He also arms us with conscientiously well-documented facts . . . that come alive in compelling human portraits of the victims of bad government and corporate greed." Washington Post
"Superb . . . mind-blowing . . . quite simply the nonfiction book of the year." The List
"[Schlosser] sics his dogged investigative yen and fact-wielding pen on three underground economies: pot, migrant workers, and porn." Entertainment Weekly
"Schlosser has established himself as one of the best investigative reporters in America . . . [He] gets to the heart of his subjects." Denver Post
"Another eye-opener . . . He makes a convincing case that something is wrong when a society often punishes pot violations more harshly than murder, or when it arrests impoverished Mexican workers but leaves growers free to hire more." USA Today
"Schlosser brings a healthy dose of skepticism to the notion that market forces generate, and require, 'freedom.'" Newsday
"A provocative polemic . . . Schlosser's exhaustive reporting is reminiscent of social realist literature. Journalism schools should make him required reading . . . Schlosser makes a compelling case that marijuana is not the only issue over which our society has gone mad." Business Week
"Paints an enthralling, yet appalling portrait of things too often ignored . . . sharp as a stiletto . . . [Schlosser] possesses the soul of a democratic crusader, placing his greatest faith in the common sense of people ... Upton Sinclair has a worthy successor a century later." Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Schlosser tells us things we already suspect to be true, but don't dare think about." Daily Telegraph
"In Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser got people to see what many had thought, but had not been able to articulate. He does this again, and more, in Reefer Madness digging deep and making compelling connections as to how the seldom-measured underground economy really works. Schlosser shows more fully, by numbers and by personal stories, how the larger economy and this country really work. Bravo again!" Book Sense 76, May/June
"Captivating look at the underbelly of the American marketplace . . . Compelling tales of crime and punishment as well as an illuminating glimpse at the inner workings of the underground economy . . . Like Fast Food Nation, this is an eye-opening book, offering the same high level of reporting and research." Publishers Weekly
"Eric Schlosser turns his considerable talents to an examination of the trillion dollar underground economy of the United States . . . The strength of Reefer Madness is Schlosser's ability to put a human face on abstract statistics and tie dry historical facts to interesting human drama." Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo)