The Seventeen Traditions: Lessons from an American Childhood

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HarperCollins, Oct 2, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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"In these pages, I have tried to capture some of my family's traditions as I recall them today. . . . Such family traditions challenge the notion that the fads, technologies, how-to manuals, and addictions of modern life have somehow taken the place of the time-tested wisdom fashioned in the crucibles of earlier generations."

So writes Ralph Nader in the opening of this delightful and surprising book. Known for his lifetime of activism, Nader looks back in these page to his serene and enriching childhood in small-town Connecticut to reconnect with seventeen key traditions—from listening to learning, patriotism to argument, work to simple enjoyment—that he absorbed from his parents, his siblings, and his community. Warmly human, rich with sensory memories and lasting wisdom, it offers a modern-day parable of how we grow from children into responsible adults—a reminder of how family and friends can teach us how to live in a civil society.

  • The Tradition of Listening
  • The Tradition of Charity
  • The Tradition of Civics
  • The Tradition of Work
  • The Tradition of Patriotism
  • The Tradition of Simple Enjoyment
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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  - quantum_flapdoodle - 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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    About the author (2012)

    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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