Bestselling Author of Command and Control
& Fast Food Nation
As an investigative journalist, Eric Schlosser tries to explore subjects ignored by the mainstream media and give a voice to people at the margins of society. Over the years he’s followed the harvest with migrant farm workers in California, spent time with meatpacking workers in Texas and Colorado, told the stories of marijuana growers and pornographers and the victims of violent crime, gone on duty with the New York Police Department Bomb Squad, and visited prisons throughout the United States. His aim is to shed light on worlds that are too often hidden. And his work defies easy categorization, earning praise not only from liberal publications like the Nation, but also from Fortune, the Financial Times, and the National Review.
Schlosser’s first book, Fast Food Nation (2001), helped start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. It has been translated into more than twenty languages and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for two years. His second book, Reefer Madness (2003), looked at America’s thriving underground economy. It was also a New York Times bestseller. Chew on This (2006), a New York Times bestselling children’s book, co-written with Charles Wilson, introduced young readers to the health effects of fast food and the workings of industrial agriculture.
Schlosser’s book, Command and Control (2013), examines the efforts of the military to prevent nuclear weapons from being stolen, sabotaged, or detonated by accident. Command and Control was a New York Times Notable Book, a Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book, a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize (History) and received the Gold Medal Award (Nonfiction) from the 2013 California Book Awards. A new documentary based on the book, also titled Command and Control, directed by Robert Kenner, and produced by Eric Schlosser is in production. Schlosser has spoken on the subject of Nuclear safety to the United Nation, the US House of Representatives, the Parliaments of the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Norway, as well as the National Nuclear Security Administration headquarters and many other governments and think tanks. In addition, he has written a new book called Gods of Metal (Penguin UK, August 2015) which is an expanded version of his New Yorker essay ‘Break-In at Y-12’ about the 2012 break-in at a high-security weapons complex.
Before writing non-fiction, Schlosser was a playwright and worked for an independent film company. In recent years he’s returned to those fields. Two of Schlosser’s plays have been produced in London: Americans (2003) at the Arcola Theatre and We the People (2007) at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Schlosser served as an executive producer and co-wrote the feature film Fast Food Nation (2006), directed by Richard Linklater. Their screenplay was named one of the best of that year by New York Times critics A.O. Scott and Mahnola Dargis. Schlosser was an executive producer of There Will Be Blood (2008), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. He was a co-producer and the co-narrator of the award-winning documentary, Food, Inc., directed by Robert Kenner. In 2014 Schlosser served as executive producer on two documentaries. Food Chains sheds light on the wage theft, physical abuse and outright slavery that constitutes everyday life for thousands of America’s (mostly Latino) farm workers. Hanna Ranch is a documentary about the late 'eco-cowboy,' Kirk Hanna.
"Command and Control is how nonfiction should be written."—The New Yorker
"Fast Food Nation is the kind of book you hope young people read because it demonstrates far better than any social studies class the need of government regulation, the unchecked power of multinational corporations, and the importance of our everyday decisions."—USA Today
"Schlosser’s exhaustive reporting is reminiscent of social realist literature. Journalism schools should make him required reading."—Business Week
"[Americans] is a wonderful, powerful play of enormous dignity and beauty. "—Arthur Miller