As a bestselling author and investigative journalist, Eric Schlosser tries to explore subjects ignored by the mainstream media and shed light on worlds that are often hidden. His work has earned praise from publications like the Nation, Fortune, the Financial Times, and the National Review. Schlosser’s 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 Nonfiction Book, was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize (History), and also received the Gold Medal Award (Nonfiction) from the 2013 California Book Awards.
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. Schlosser also served as an executive producer and co-wrote the feature film Fast Food Nation (2006). 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 was an executive producer of There Will Be Blood (2008), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, and was a co-producer and the co-narrator of the award-winning documentary, Food, Inc. In 2014, Schlosser served as executive producer on two documentaries: Food Chains, which sheds light on the wage theft, physical abuse, and outright slavery that constitutes everyday life for thousands of America’s (mostly Latino) farm workers; and Hanna Ranch, about the late ‘eco-cowboy,’ Kirk Hanna.