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Unanswered Letters to the President 2001-2015

Book - 2015 | Seven Stories Press first edition
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"In letters addressed to Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama, Ralph Nader provides incisive critiques of more than a decade of American policy decision and indecision. Each letter offers frank advice and shines light on government mishaps and missed opportunities for progress. With his signature dry wit, Nader holds these presidents to their campaign promises. He also boldly points to the ignoble and sometimes heinous decisions made in pursuit of party platforms and misguided ideals. Covering a range of still-current topics--including the Iraq War, torture, the Crimean annexation, the minimum wage, worker's health legislation, and corporatism--these letters were wholesale ignored on receipt. Here they are reproduced to refute that fate in the spirit of true and healthy democracy."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, 2015
Edition: Seven Stories Press first edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781609806262
Branch Call Number: 973.93 NAD 2015
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 24 cm

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xaipe Mar 28, 2016

This book is a collection of letters from 2001 to 2015 written to Barack Obama and George W. Bush (whom Nader once called “a corporation running for the presidency masquerading as a human being”). Nader said that they were inspired by the letters between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams and between Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and Harold Laski.
The road to corporate power and environmental disaster is laid out with great clarity. Bush and Obama may not have read these letters, but American citizens should. It is increasingly difficult for an ordinary citizen to connect with political rulers as we can witness on television when protesters are escorted from the auditorium for asking an embarrassing or "difficult" question. I didn't know that the White House has shut down its fax machine, and has an email restriction to 2,500 characters!
It couldn't have been easy for Nader to spend the time putting together a book of letters with an acknowledgement on the cover that they were unread. This is a wonderful, sad, insightful book which deserves to be read. It's difficult to read letters sent by an such an intelligent crusader who has spent his life throwing himself against the brick wall of government in the hope that someday, maybe, it will turn into a door. We are still waiting.

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