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.
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. His most recent book, Command and Control (2013), examines the efforts of the military, since the atomic era began during World War II, 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 Non-fiction Book, and was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize.
Before writing non-fiction, Schlosser was a playwright and worked for an independent film company. 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 filmFast Food Nation (2006), directed by Richard Linklater. 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 and Hanna Ranch.