Crusader, Spoiler, Icon

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Baker & Taylor
A biography of the consumer advocate who has devoted his life to crusading for citizens' rights, and who ran as the Green Party's presidential candidate in 2000.

Perseus Publishing
A riveting investigative biography of one of America's most influential citizens

Few figures in our history have had the wide-ranging influence of Ralph Nader. Deemed by Rolling Stone the "most dangerous man in America," Nader has had a profound impact on our society and government.As a public figure, Nader is virtually without parallel, playing a lead role on the national stage for nearly four decades. The consummate public advocate and the "U.S.'s toughest customer" (Time), Nader has brought about the passage of groundbreaking laws covering everything from auto safety to hazardous x-rays to affordable insurance. Untold numbers of lives have been saved through his efforts.But the private man is shrouded in mystery and secrecy. For this probing biography, the first since 1975, Justin Martin spoke with Nader along with more than 300 people, including close associates, old friends, and family. The result is a sweeping portrait, covering Nader's small-town Connecticut boyhood, his days at Harvard Law, the David-and-Goliath battle with GM that launched him into the spotlight, and colorful encounters with characters as varied as Albert Einstein, Gloria Steinem, Fidel Castro, Phil Donahue, Susan Sarandon, Upton Sinclair, and Al Gore. The climax of this extraordinary story is an astonishingly revealing insider's account of the 2000 election. Nader is the definitive life of a fascinating, controversial man of our time-a true American icon.A Merloyd Lawrence Book

Book News
This is a biography of consumer crusader Ralph Nader from his birth to his role in the controversial presidential election of 2000. The focus is overwhelmingly on Nader's public life, describing his first battles with General Motors, his founding of the Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), and many other activities. The author notes that his job in locating sources was "made infinitely easier by the fact that Nader has ticked off so many people," but also says that Nader himself was exceedingly generous with his time. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Pub., 2002
ISBN: 9780738205632
Branch Call Number: B NADER
Characteristics: xv, 320 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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