TIME recently chose their favorite nonfiction books in English from the magazine’s inception in 1923 to today, and we decided to cull 10 from their list to present to you, dear readers. These are the books that have stayed in the public mind for years, which is increasingly difficult to do today, as we measure the popularity of a book now in months, if not days. In June, we featured 10 picks from the Guardian‘s Top 100 list of nonfiction titles, but these were culled from throughout history, making it tough to choose between, say, Herodotus and Hannah Arendt. With this 88-year span, however, the choices were somewhat easier. As always, let us know what you think of the books in the comments section below.
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser (2001)
Bryan Walsh of TIME writes, “It would be a mistake to treat Fast Food Nationas just another piece of stomach-turning, muckraking literature” like Upton Sinclair’s tell-all on the Chicago meatpacking industry, The Jungle. Walsh continues, “Schlosser did far more, connecting the rise and consolidation of the fast-food industry in America to the declining power of labor unions, sliding blue-collar wages and growing income inequality.” Whether you’re living in New York or Nebraska, you will feel the effects of industrialized farming and corporate sponsorship at some point during a meal away from home. Welcome to Fast Food Nation.