The Meat Racket by Christopher Leonard audiobook

The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business

By Christopher Leonard
Read by John Pruden

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11.44 Hours Unabridged
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How much do you know about the meat on your dinner plate? Journalist Christopher Leonard spent more than a decade covering the country’s biggest meat companies, including four years as the national agribusiness reporter for the Associated Press. Now he delivers the first comprehensive look inside the industrial meat system, exposing how a handful of companies executed an audacious corporate takeover of the nation’s meat supply. Leonard’s revealing account shines a light on the inner workings of Tyson Foods, a pioneer of the industrial system that dominates the market. You’ll learn how the food industry got to where it is today and how companies like Tyson have escaped the scrutiny they deserve. You’ll discover how these companies are able to raise meat prices for consumers while pushing down the price they pay to farmers. And you’ll even see how big business and politics have derailed efforts to change the system, from a years-long legal fight in Iowa to the Obama administration’s failed attempt to pass reforms. Important, timely, and explosive, The Meat Racket is an unvarnished portrait of the food industry that now dominates America’s heartland.

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Summary

Summary

One of the Daily Beast’s Must-Reads of the Year

Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for Work in Progress

How much do you know about the meat on your dinner plate? Journalist Christopher Leonard spent more than a decade covering the country’s biggest meat companies, including four years as the national agribusiness reporter for the Associated Press. Now he delivers the first comprehensive look inside the industrial meat system, exposing how a handful of companies executed an audacious corporate takeover of the nation’s meat supply.

Leonard’s revealing account shines a light on the inner workings of Tyson Foods, a pioneer of the industrial system that dominates the market. You’ll learn how the food industry got to where it is today and how companies like Tyson have escaped the scrutiny they deserve. You’ll discover how these companies are able to raise meat prices for consumers while pushing down the price they pay to farmers. And you’ll even see how big business and politics have derailed efforts to change the system, from a years-long legal fight in Iowa to the Obama administration’s failed attempt to pass reforms.

Important, timely, and explosive, The Meat Racket is an unvarnished portrait of the food industry that now dominates America’s heartland.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"The Meat Racket is a riveting book, and the picture Mr. Leonard paints is a disturbing one.” Wall Street Journal
“Brilliant…a book that at times burns slow and hot with outrage and at other times proceeds at the ecstatic pace of a thriller.” New York Times Book Review
The book is a scary portrait of capitalism run amok.” Washington Post
"[A] scorcher of a book.” Daily Beast
“One of the best books of investigative reporting that I’ve seen in quite a while…The big question is whether or not there are any reformers and regulators left who have the will and the strength to pick up the ball and run with it.” Strategy + Business
Filled with interesting history of how the meat industry got to where it is and how government has attempted to reign it in, the sad story is laid out through excellent journalistic reporting. Narrator John Pruden’s fittingly somber tone conveys the gravity of the situation. Library Journal (audio review)

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Author

Author Bio: Christopher Leonard

Author Bio: Christopher Leonard

Christopher Leonard is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller Kochland. He is a business reporter whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the author of two books that were awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, The Meat Racket and Kochland.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 11.44
Audience: Adult
Language: English