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Remember when eating was fun? Now comes Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. The book, No. 2 on this month's hardcover list, delivers an engrossing look into this segment of the victuals business and ponders its impact. According to Eric Schlosser, not only has fast food transformed the way Americans grow, market, and eat food, but it is also central to other sad trends, from a worldwide obesity epidemic to the obliteration of independently owned businesses by franchises.

Schlosser guides us through a range of workplaces. Some of these, such as a J.R. Simplot potato-processing plant in Idaho and New Jersey's artificial-flavor industry, reveal little-known and absorbing aspects of fast-food production. Others are shocking: In meatpacking, gruesome, unsanitary, and unsafe work conditions prevail. Overall, this disturbing page-turner will almost certainly curb your appetite. Schlosser's punch-in-the-stomach line: "There is sh-- in the meat."

By Karin Pekarchik

HARDCOVER BUSINESS BOOKS

1 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? by Spencer Johnson, M.D. (Putnam $19.95) Learning to accept change. Last Month: 1, Months on List: 27

2 FAST FOOD NATION by Eric Schlosser (Houghton Mifflin $25) The bad news on burgers. Last Month: --, Months on List: 1

3 DEVELOPING THE LEADER WITHIN YOU by John C. Maxwell (Thomas Nelson $19.99) Climb the leadership ladder. Last Month: --, Months on List: 1

4 FIRST, BREAK ALL THE RULES by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman (Simon & Schuster $26) A Gallup investigation into managerial success. Last Month: 5, Months on List: 23

5 LONGABERGER by Dave Longaberger (HarperBusiness $25) How baskets became big business. Last Month: --, Months on List: 1

6 NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, PhD (Free Press $26) Learn to bolster your true talents. Last Month: 3, Months on List: 3

7 FISH! by Stephen C. Lundin, PhD, Harry Paul, and John Christensen (Hyperion $19.95) Motivating employees the Pike Place Fish Market way. Last Month: 10, Months on List: 7

8 THE ART OF INNOVATION by Tom Kelley, with Jonathan Littman (Currency $26) Crafting breakthrough products the IDEO way. Last Month: 8, Months on List: 2

9 YOU'RE FIFTY--NOW WHAT? by Charles R. Schwab (Crown $24) Get ready for retirement. Last Month: 4, Months on List: 3

10 THE TIPPING POINT by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown $24.95) Discovering what turns an idea into a hot trend. Last Month: 12, Months on List: 13

11 EVOLVE! by Rosabeth Moss Kanter (Harvard Business School $27.50) The core principles of e-culture. Last Month: --, Months on List: 1

12 GETTING THINGS DONE by David Allen (Viking $24.95) Start by getting an in-box. Last Month: 15, Months on List: 3

13 THE FUTURE OF SUCCESS by Robert B. Reich (Knopf $26) Why we work so hard, by the former Labor Secretary. Last Month: 2, Months on List: 3

14 THE ART OF POSSIBILITY by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander (Harvard Business School $22.50) Realizing opportunity. Last Month: --, Months on List: 5

15 RAVING FANS by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles (Morrow $20) Turn customers into your biggest boosters. Last Month: --, Months on List: 32

PAPERBACK BUSINESS BOOKS

1 RICH DAD, POOR DAD by Robert T. Kiyosaki, with Sharon L. Lechter, CPA (Warner $15.95) Teach your kids the rules of money that the rich play by. Last Month: 1, Months on List: 23

2 ORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY WEALTH by Ric Edelman (HarperBusiness $15) Get tips from some regular folks who became rich. Last Month: 4, Months on List: 2

3 THE 9 STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM by Suze Orman (Three Rivers $13.95) Learn to save. Last Month: 2, Months on List: 4

4 THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE by Stephen R. Covey (Fireside $14) Habitually popular. Last Month: 3, Months on List: 74

5 THE ONE MINUTE MANAGER by Kenneth Blanchard, PhD, and Spencer Johnson, M.D. (Berkley $12.95) Management techniques in story form. Last Month: 12, Months on List: 55

6 WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? by Richard Nelson Bolles (Ten Speed Press $16.95) The enduring job-search bible. Last Month: 9, Months on List: 5

7 GETTING TO YES by Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton (Penguin $14) A Harvard team's step-by-step guide to conflict resolution. Last Month: 13, Months on List: 69

8 THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR by Thomas J. Stanley, PhD, and William D. Danko (Pocket Books $7.99) The wealthy among us. Last Month: 5, Months on List: 31

9 THE ERNST & YOUNG TAX GUIDE 2001 by the Tax Partners and Professionals of Ernst & Young LLP (Wiley $16.95) Time's up. Last Month: 7, Months on List: 3

10 RICH DAD'S CASHFLOW QUADRANT by Robert T. Kiyosaki, with Sharon L. Lechter, CPA (Warner $17.95) Move from job security to independence. Last Month: 8, Months on List: 12

11 RICH DAD'S GUIDE TO INVESTING by Robert T. Kiyosaki, with Sharon L. Lechter, CPA (Warner $19.95) Becoming rich, not merely comfortable.

Last Month: 10, Months on List: 10

12 THE MOTLEY FOOL INVESTMENT GUIDE by David and Tom Gardner (Fireside $14) The online duo puts it on paper. Last Month: --, Months on List: 41

13 BUILT TO LAST by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras (HarperBusiness $16) How 3M, Wal-Mart, and others became standouts. Last Month: --, Months on List: 41

14 RICH DAD'S RICH KID, SMART KID by Robert T. Kiyosaki, with Sharon L. Lechter, CPA (Warner $15.95) Start 'em early. Last Month: 6, Months on List: 3

15 THE 48 LAWS OF POWER by Robert Greene (Penguin $15) Thoughts of power brokers distilled. Last Month: --, Months on List: 5

BusinessWeek's Best-Seller List is based on a survey of chain and independent booksellers that carry a broad selection of books on economics, management, sales and marketing, small business, investing, personal finance, and careers. Well over 1,000 retail outlets nationwide are represented. Current rankings are based on a weighted analysis of unit sales in March.


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