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Short Synopsis
An investigative journalist takes you inside the corporate meat industry—a shocking, in-depth report every American should hear.

Full Synopsis
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 recent 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.

"Pruden provides competent delivery as the narrative continually shifts from business biography to hard-hitting exposé." ---Publishers Weekly Audio Review

"Pruden’s detached but effective narration
lays out the issues unambiguously in this richly detailed account. He reads at a stately pace that
complements the writing style and reinforces the gravity of the topic." ---Booklist

"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

"Narrator John Pruden delivers a clean narration of a complex subject loaded with passion." ---AudioFile
Washington Post Bestseller

The Meat Racket

The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business

Author Christopher Leonard

Narrated by John Pruden

Publication date Apr 1, 2014

Running time 11 hrs 26 min

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