Winner of the 2001 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Politics.
Synopses & Reviews
Four generations of Americans have come to associate Ralph Nader with the political issues that have defined our age, be it car safety in the 1960s or the anti-WTO demonstrations that recently shut down Seattle. His work has successfully shaped the Left, increased government accountability, made possible new laws, and served as a powerful check against abuses of corporate power. In this landmark collection, the essays that reveal the intellectual, social, and political underpinnings of this legendary citizen advocate are brought together for the first time.
In The Ralph Nader Reader, we follow the trajectory of Nader's concerns from 1956 to the present and his personal evolution from consumer advocate to presidential candidate. The result is a monumental book, an invaluable resource for anyone interested in a unique vision of democracy that places citizenship over consumerism, communities over corporations, and public interest over private power.
The Reader includes Nader's essential writings on:
- genetically engineered food
- the World Trade Organization
- digital democracy
- corporate welfare
- tort reform
- shadow government
- nuclear power
- corporate corruption
- women's rights
- protecting children from commercialism
- environmental politics
- Native Americans
"A collection of articles and speeches that span Nader's career before, during, and after the years when he had more influence on his country than Al Gore and George W. Bush have had, combined...[I]t is worth rereading the best speech announcing a presidential candidacy of this campaign. Or reading it for the first time, since it got minimal attention when delivered and cannot be found even today on the candidate's Web sites. Ralph Nader's speech on Feb. 21 declaring his sure-thing quest for the Green Party's nomination was an angry, principled and coherent condemnation of the current state of American politics." Adam Clymer, The New York Times Book Review
A collection of political thought assembles the most important writings from the life-long activist and Green Party presidential candidate into a single volume.
Includes bibliographical references.
About the Author
Author, lawyer, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has founded the Center for Study of Responsive Law, the Public Interest Research Group, the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action Project, the Disability Rights Center, the Pension Rights Center, and the Project for Corporate Responsibility. A veteran muckraker and defender of the rights of the people, he became a household name when he ran for President of the United States in the 2000 elections.