The Seventeen Traditions: Lessons from an American Childhood

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages

“The Seventeen Traditions brings us back to what’s important in life—and what makes America truly great.”
—Jim Hightower, Illinois Times

The activist, humanitarian, and former presidential candidate named one of the 100 most influential figures in American history by The Atlantic—one of only three living Americans so honored—Ralph Nader, looks back at his small-town Connecticut childhood and the traditions and values that shaped his progressive worldview. At once eye-opening, thought-provoking, and surprisingly fresh and moving, Nader’s The Seventeen Traditions is a celebration of uniquely American ethics certain to appeal to fans of Mitch Albom, Tim Russert, and Anna Quindlen—an unexpected and most welcome gift from this fearlessly committed reformer and outspoken critic of corruption in government and society. In a time of widespread national dissatisfaction and disillusionment that has given rise to new dissent characterized by the Occupy Wall Street movement, the liberal icon shows us how every American can learn from The Seventeen Traditions and, by embracing them, help bring about meaningful and necessary change.

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

Nader reflects on his childhood and youth growing up in Connecticut and the values he learned from his siblings and parents. I did not know Nader is Lebanese or that he is a first-generation American. A warm, nostalgic memoir that pays tribute to the importance of family and community. Read full review

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User Review  - Devil_llama - LibraryThing

This work combines personal memoir with homespun advice, and as a result, comes off sounding preachy and self-righteous. Nader writes well, but it is difficult to believe that he is looking at his ... Read full review

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Ralph Nader was recently named by the Atlantic as one of the 100 most influential figures in American history, one of only four living people to be so honored. The son of immigrants from Lebanon, he has launched two major presidential campaigns and founded or organized more than one hundred civic organizations. His groups have made an impact on tax reform, atomic power regulation, the tobacco industry, clean air and water, food safety, access to health care, civil rights, congressional ethics, and much more.

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