Eric Matthew Schlosser (born August 17, 1959) is an American journalist and author known for his investigative journalism, such as in his books Fast Food Nation (2001), Reefer Madness (2003), and Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety (2013).
Eric Matthew Schlosser (born August 17, 1959) is an American journalist and author known for his diagnostic journalism, such as in his books Fast Food Nation (2001), Reefer Madness (2003), and Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety (2013).
Schlosser was born in New York City, New York; he spent his childhood there and in Los Angeles, California. His parents are Judith (née Gassner) and Herbert Schlosser, a former Wall Street lawyer who turned to broadcasting superior in his career, eventually becoming the President of NBC in 1974 and difficult becoming the vice president of RCA.
Schlosser graduated taking into consideration an A.B. in chronicles from Princeton University in 1982 after completing an 148-page-long senior thesis titled “Academic Freedom during the McCarthy Era: Anti-Communism, Conformity and Princeton.” He then earned a graduate degree in British Imperial History from Oriel College, University of Oxford. He tried playwriting, writing two plays, Americans (1985) and We the People (2007). He is married to Shauna Redford, daughter of actor Robert Redford.
Schlosser started his career as a journalist with The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, Massachusetts. He speedily gained response for his systematic pieces, earning two awards within two years of joining the staff: he won the National Magazine Award for his reporting in his two-part series “Reefer Madness” and “Marijuana and the Law” (The Atlantic Monthly, August and September, 1994), and he won the Sidney Hillman Foundation honor for his article “In the Strawberry Fields” (The Atlantic Monthly, November 19, 1995).
Schlosser wrote Fast Food Nation (2001), an exposé on the unsanitary and discriminatory practices of the quick food industry. Fast Food Nation evolved from a two-part article in Rolling Stone. Schlosser helped adjust his book into a 2006 film directed by Richard Linklater. The film opened November 19, 2006. Chew On This (2006), co-written similar to Charles Wilson, is an getting used to of the photograph album for younger readers. Fortune called Fast Food Nation the “Best Business Book of the Year” in 2001.
His 2003 book Reefer Madness discusses the chronicles and current trade of marijuana, the use of migrant workers in California strawberry fields, and the American pornography industry and its history. William F. Buckley gave Reefer Madness a approving review, as did BusinessWeek.
Schlosser’s book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety was published in September 2013. It focuses upon the 1980 Damascus Titan missile explosion, a non-nuclear explosion of a Titan II missile near Damascus, AR. The New Yorker‘s Louis Menand called it “excellent” and “hair-raising” and said that “Command and Control is how nonfiction should be written.” It was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History.
He has been working on a book on the American prison system, which has been nearly 10 years in the making.