This fast-paced and entertaining book unfolds the immense significance of the hamburger as an American icon. Josh Ozersky shows how the history of the burger is entwined with American business and culture and, unexpectedly, how the burgerâs story is in many ways the story of the country that invented (and reinvented) it.
Spanning the years from the nineteenth century with its waves of European immigrants to our own era of globalization, the book recounts how German âhamburg steakâ evolved into hamburgers for the rising class of urban factory workers and how the innovations of the White Castle System and the McDonaldâs Corporation turned the burger into the Model T of fast food. The hamburger played an important role in Americaâs transformation into a mobile, suburban culture, and today, Americaâs favorite sandwich is nothing short of an irrepressible economic and cultural force. How this all happened, and why, is a remarkable story, told here with insight, humor, and gusto.
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