Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Nader's Raiders

I just finished reading Nader: Crusader, Spoiler, Icon by Justin Martin and I was extremely impressed. Americans can thank Nader for improved safety involving automobiles, planes, radiation, clean water, and hundreds (if not thousands) of other issues. The man has lived his whole life in completely ascetic surroundings, still maintaining a room in a DuPont Circle boarding house in D.C. Nader has shunned socializing and women to simply get his work done. He works 24/7. This book chronicles Nader's successes and failures. At the end of the day, I believe that Ralph Nader has done more for the American people than any Senator and potentially more than some Presidents.

Two cool things I learned from this book:

I learned that after Thomas Eagleton was dropped from George McGovern's ticket as Vice President in 1972, McGovern offered the #2 slot to Nader.

On a more personal note, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Nader grew up in Winstead, Connecticut, the closest town to my beloved Camp Wah-Nee. The book explained how a flood in the 1950s made it necessary for the army to build dams around rivers in the area. I always heard that Shadow Lake, where I spent some of the best times of my childhood, was created when the army widened a river. This book inadvertently explained everything.

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