“Since the Progressive era, Ralph Nader has done more than anyone else to protect American consumers. With this utopian fantasy, he shows us how good he thinks things could be.”
“ONLY THE SUPER-RICH CAN SAVE US!”
In “ONLY THE SUPER-RICH CAN SAVE US!” (Seven Stories Press; September 22, 2009) the public advocate, presidential candidate, and bestselling author Ralph Nader puts seventeen billionaires together in one room to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.
In this “practical utopia” Warren Buffett invites sixteen other super-rich individuals around a table to save America. It is September 2005. Buffett has just gone to New Orleans to see the destruction of Hurricane Katrina firsthand and is moved to restructure his vast personal wealth to help the people of this country. And he wants others to do the same.
In an unprecedented genre-bending book, Nader’s billionaires work together to unionize Wal-Mart, rebuild New Orleans with a speed and efficiency FEMA could only dream about, advance clean and transparent elections, effectively clean up the environment, and otherwise galvanize Congress and the corporate behemoths to be accountable to the people.
The New York Times has written, “what sets Ralph Nader apart is that he has moved beyond social criticism to effective political action.” The author who knows the most about citizen action here returns us to the literature of American social movements—to Edward Bellamy, to Upton Sinclair, to John Steinbeck, to Stephen Crane—reminding us in the process that changing the body politic of America starts with imagination.
Ralph Nader will be on a national tour from September 22-October 5. For details or to arrange an interview, please contact Ruth Weiner, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-226-8760.
978-1-58322-903-3 | September 22, 2009 | $27.50
PRAISE FOR “ONLY THE SUPER-RICH CAN SAVE US!”
“A high spirited visionary romp melding the wisdom, humor and imagination of Ralph Nader. May it inspire action.”
— Patti Smith
“Ralph Nader is an exemplary citizen and prophetic leader who tells the truth at great lost to himself on behalf of everyday people. This tale has a moral substance and political content that is quite relevant for our time!”
— Cornel West, Princeton University
“With apologies to Winston Churchill, never in the history of human suffering and economic conflict have so few been in a position to do so much for so many. In this eye-opening and mind-expanding work of “practical utopia,” Ralph Nader conjures up a world in which our richest and most powerful citizens deploy their wealth, fame, and brains on behalf of the powerless billions—and change the world in the process. For more than four decades, Ralph Nader has used his unrivaled talents as a lawyer, organizer, and teacher to make our cars safer, our environment cleaner, and our democracy stronger. Now he uses his unrivaled imagination to show all of us what a difference a few of us can make.”
—William C. Taylor
“Ralph Nader turning to the ‘super-rich’ for salvation? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes,’ and Mr. Nader has produced a wonderful piece of fiction that I’d love to see become nonfiction!”
“With heart, passion, wit and humor, Ralph Nader’s stunning masterpiece provides both a sharp critique and measured remedy for our current world, in which ethically bankrupt financial leaders can devastate our economy, yet extort trillions of dollars of federal bailouts to keep destroying it. The characters in Nader’s brilliant opus are at once recognizable, sympathetic, and endowed with more influence than they realize, which he calls to action. Spiderman’s uncle may have said, ‘With great power comes great responsibility,’ but Nader shows us that for those with appropriate courage, ‘With great wealth comes great power,’ and that power can, and should, be harnessed for good. “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!” is THE book for our times.”
“Ralph Nader’s “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!” is a breakthrough book that sparks the imagination and inspires us to think about the political economy our country deserves. Using the storytelling conceit of leadership from the “Super-Rich,” Nader shows the power that we hold collectively, if we organize ourselves to demand and create a more equitable and just society.”
—Rose Ann DeMoro
“As inspirited a work of the political imagination as Tom Paine’s Common Sense. Nader casts his best hopes for America in the form of a Utopian dream, imparts his idealism to a quorum of enlightened billionaires, among them Warren Buffet, Yoko Ono, and Barry Diller, who organize a “revolt of the rich” that overthrows the country’s corporate oligarchy and rescues its citizens from the sloughs of despond and the pit of despair. The book is a joy to read.”
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