"Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!"

By Ralph Nader
(Seven Stories Press, Paperback, Abridged, 9781583229231, 512pp.)

Publication Date: March 22, 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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"In the cozy den of the large but modest house in Omaha where he has lived since he started on his first billion, Warren Buffett watched the horrors of Hurricane Katrina unfold on television in early September 2005. . . . On the fourth day, he beheld in disbelief the paralysis of local, state, and federal authorities unable to commence basic operations of rescue and sustenance, not just in New Orleans, but in towns and villages all along the Gulf Coast. . . He knew exactly what he had to do. . ."

So begins the vivid fictional account by political activist and bestselling author Ralph Nader that answers the question, "What if?" What if a cadre of superrich individuals tried to become a driving force in America to organize and institutionalize the interests of the citizens of this troubled nation? What if some of America's most powerful individuals decided it was time to fix our government and return the power to the people? What if they focused their power on unionizing Wal-Mart? What if a national political party were formed with the sole purpose of advancing clean elections? What if these seventeen superrich individuals decided to galvanize a movement for alternative forms of energy that will effectively clean up the environment? What if together they took on corporate goliaths and Congress to provide the necessities of life and advance the solutions so long left on the shelf by an avaricious oligarchy? What could happen?

This extraordinary story, written by the author who knows the most about citizen action, returns us to the literature of American social movements—to Edward Bellamy, to Upton Sinclair, to John Steinbeck, to Stephen Crane—reminding us in the process that changing the body politic of America starts with imagination.




About the Author

For over four decades RALPH NADER has challenged corporations, government agencies, and institutions to be more accountable to the public. From fighting for car safety in the 1960s, to opposing the policies of the World Trade Organization, to running for president, Nader continues to be a relentless force for grassroots activism and democratic change.




NPR
Monday, Oct 12, 2009

Crusading social critic Ralph Nader has ventured into new territory — the writing of novels. He has just published a 700-page work of fiction called Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Saturday, Sep 26, 2009

Host Scott Simon talks to consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader about his novel, Only The Super-Rich Can Save Us! The 733-page book follows some of the country's wealthiest people, like Warren Buffet, Ted Turner and Bill Cosby, as they hold secret meetings to plot an overhaul of American society. More at NPR.org

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