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Ralph Nader

RALPH NADER first made headlines as a young lawyer in 1965 with his book Unsafe at Any Speed, a scathing indictment that lambasted the auto industry for producing unsafe vehicles. The book led to congressional hearings and the passage of a series of automobile safety laws in 1966. Nader also went on to found a wide variety of organizations, all aimed at advancing corporate and government accountability. An author, lecturer, attorney, and political activist, Nader’s lifelong work and advocacy have led to safer cars, healthier food, safer drugs, cleaner air and drinking water, and safer work environments. In 2006 he was cited by the Atlantic as one of the one hundred most influential figures in American history; Time magazine has called him the “US’s toughest customer”; and in 1974, a survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report rated him as the fourth most influential person in the United States. Nader continues to work relentlessly to advance meaningful civic institutions and citizen participation as an antidote to corporate and government unaccountability. Nader’s latest work is The Ralph Nader and Family Cookbook: Classic Recipes from Lebanon and Beyond.

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