Crashing the Party
Taking on the Corporate Government in an Age of Surrender
By Ralph Nader
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312284336, 352pp.)
Publication Date: January 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Ralph Nader is one of America's most passionate and effective social critics. He has been called a muckraker, a consumer crusader, and America's public defender. The cars we drive, the food we eat, the water we drink-their safety has been enhanced largely due to Ralph Nader. His inspiration and example have rallied consumer advocates, citizen activists, public interest lawyers, and government officials into action, and in the 2000 election, nearly three million people voted for him.
An inspiring and defiant memoir, Crashing the Party takes us inside Nader's campaign and explains what it took to fight the two-party juggernaut; why Bush and Gore were really afraid to let him in on their debates; why progressive Democrats have been left behind and ignored by their party; how Democrat and Republican interests have been lost to corporate bankrolling; and what needs to happen in the future for people to take back their political system.
Ralph Nader has written, co-authored, and sponsored dozens of books, including Action for Change, the Big Boys: Power and Position in American Business, Canada Firsts, Taming the Giant Corporation, Verdicts on Lawyers, The Menace of Atomic Energy, Who's Poisoning America, Winning the Insurance Game, The Frugal Shopper, and his bestelling exposé of the auto industry, Unsafe at Any Speed. When not heading up the Green Party, he runs his advocacy work through the numerous citizen groups he has founded.
"If one political figure looks prophetic these days, it is Ralph Nader...[He is] America's most valuable and uncorrupted public citizen." -The Boston Globe
"[Ralph Nader] has the intensity of a lifelong crusader...Mr. Nader is right about how the major parties handicap competitors, how the media often dismiss them and how voters abandon them if they think they can't win." -The Wall Street Journal
"Crashing the Party couldn't have come at a more appropriate moment...a candid, whirlwind tour of America at a crossroads, seen through the eyes of a man who cares passionately about its future." -San Francisco Chronicle
"[Ralph Nader] makes, again, an excellent case for the need for another party and for a revitalized Democratic Party." -Los Angeles Times
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