Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think


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City Lights Books
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4.9 X 0.5 X 6.9 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Named by The Atlantic as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century, Ralph Nader has helped us drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments for more than four decades.

The iconic champion of consumer rights first made headlines in 1965 with his pioneering bestseller Unsafe at Any Speed, a devastating indictment that lambasted the auto industry for producing unsafe vehicles. The book led to congressional hearings and automobile safety laws passed in 1966, including the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

Nader was instrumental in the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many lives have been saved by Nader's involvement in the recall of millions of unsafe consumer products, including defective motor vehicles, and in the protection of laborers and the environment. By starting dozens of citizen groups, Ralph Nader has created an atmosphere of corporate and governmental accountability.

Nader's recent books include Animal Envy, Unstoppable, The Good Fight, and the bestseller, Seventeen Traditions. Nader writes a syndicated column, has his own radio show, and gives lectures and interviews year round.


"One of the many virtues of Ralph Nader's new book, Breaking Through Power, is how it enable us to move past the personalities and tweets of the day to confront the dominant political-economic forces that shape our society."--National Nurse Magazine

"Ralph Nader's latest book is a how-to guide for fighting corporate power. Nader is still pressing forward, still cautiously hopeful--even after so many decades in the arena. Things may seem grim but the numbers and the evidence are on our side, he's saying. We know the problems. We know what needs to be done. Here's an action plan. It's time to stop talking and get to work."--Theo Anderson, In These Times

"Nader sustains a strong case of grievances against the 'power of the plutocracy' and 'the present two-party duopoly that ministers to their demands.' In the final chapter, the lengthy 'Why Democracy Works, ' the author offers a suggestion for 'Citizens Summons, ' which would summon members of Congress home to hear the grievances of their constituents. In an era of political gridlock, Nader argues, mostly convincingly, that a 'left/right alliance' can get the country back on track."--Kirkus Reviews

"Ralph Nader's small book packs a big wallop and is nothing less than a portable pocket dynamo for energizing citizen action for change. It is a must read for all who want to make a powerful case that an abuse of power is neither deserved nor inevitable, mobilize support for a cause, and chart a course leading to corporate and government responsiveness and accountability. Breaking Through Power reminds us why Mr. Nader has been so influential for over half a century. His soaring optimism and confidence in the ability of people themselves to take back control of their lives demonstrates that the best of Mr. Nader's incomparable legacy is likely yet to come."--Nick Allard, President and Dean, Brooklyn Law School

". . . books like this inspire and create a common language and framework for us to help divert the historical progression and bend the arc towards justice. We need clarity of thought and clarity of principle to succeed and we need to learn how to be insanely successful in these endeavors because, frankly, organized, civilized life depends on it."--Romi Mahajan, Countercurrents