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Crashing the Party: Taking on the Corporate Government in an Age of Surrender

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Ralph Nader is one of America's most passionate and effective social critics. He has been called a muckraker, a consumer crusader, and America's public defender. The cars we drive, the food we eat, the water we drink-their safety has been enhanced largely due to Ralph Nader. His inspiration and example have rallied consumer advocates, citizen activists, public interest law ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Aug 25, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Concerned Citizens
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Ralph bascially walks through why he ran in 2000 and why he refused to not "steal" votes from Gore. Do other software companies worry that they will be taking business away from Microsoft? No. It is nonsensical to assume that the Democrats own progressive voters. Ralph calls on us to take action to make them earn our vote, or we go to an alternative
Nov 03, 2007 Colleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: blindly faithful Democrats
So, Ralph Nader is right about a lot of things. He really is. And there's a lot of important stuff in here about how our electoral system is actually a duopoly and makes it almost impossible for a viable third party to emerge. But this book goes on and on about how right he is and how wrong everyone else is. I even caught a few uses of the royal "we".

It's too bad, because I do think people need to know why and how he ran in 2000, and I agree with him in principle. But this book is just no fun to
Oct 01, 2014 Claire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I generally don't like memoirs, and am on the fence about political treatises. I thought I'd give it a try, but nothing happened.

It is just an OK book, in my opinion, despite the promising title.

Anyway, I picked it up to prove to myself American politics aren't anathema. No, but I didn't find this moving in any direction. So, I suppose my analysis is that 2000 US politics was a stagnant field. It's not bad, it's just not good either.

I'm ambivalently neutral.
Apr 26, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
318 pages of why one should vote for Nader. The accounts of the Democratic party’s mismanagement and duplicity in the currently flawed system is quite depressing. From campaign finance to the Commission on Presidential Debates, Nader hammers home the point that voting for the lesser of two evils will constantly be a mixture of less and evil. A viable third option needs to be forged, and the sooner it gets started the better off we will all be in the long run.
Al Young
Oct 06, 2013 Al Young rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nader's telling of his 2000 campaign. It is pretty dry, and won't appeal to everyone. Still, for those who love to read about politics, there is plenty there to keep you interested. Unlike other books (such as Jesse Ventura's), I find it more disheartening than inspiring. The troubles and challenges Nader had to overcome show how entrenched the two-party system really is, and how hard it will be for anyone to win as an outsider.
Jan 19, 2008 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2001
Tough to get through with all his big words, even for a smart guy like myself, but a fascinating, empowering account of his run for President in 2000. He explains all the bullshit about trying to get your voice heard in our amazing democracy run by the two-headed corporate political machine, such as being blocked out of the debates and all the money and time spent by that piece of shit Al Gore to get Ralph kicked off the ballot in different states.
Mark Robertson
Ralph recounts, rather dryly, his 2000 campaign. He makes excellent points and can occasionally be very humorous, but his writing style leaves a whole lot to be desired. Still, the blatant hypocrisy and anti-democratic opposition he recounts on the part of Gore and company is so enraging that you can put up with Ralph not having the best prose.
May 02, 2009 Alberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent account of the 2000 presidential campaign of Ralph Nader for the Green Party. It is about ways to improve democracy by direct popular participation, no more, no less. The Democrats are too far away from their original ideas. The political process is hijacked by big business. Until new voices are heard, real democracy will be elusive. If I was a citizen, I'd vote for him.
Derek Postlewaite
Jan 02, 2013 Derek Postlewaite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
My absolute favorite book from one of the most admirable and important individuals in American history. Nader lays out his 2000 run for president of the United States, details the hypocrisy and ineffectiveness of the Democratic Party, and provides alternatives to our corporate run election system. Extremely enjoyable, entertaining and informative the entire way through.
Feb 06, 2008 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
written by Nader about his struggles with running as a third party candidate in the 2000 presidential elections. it addresses critical issues in the American election process such as campaign finance reform and our flawed two-party system. i enjoyed this book quite a bit when i read it. it's what sparked my interest and involvement in the Green Party and politics in general.
Dec 21, 2008 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a few years since I read this: Nader makes some great points, runs an inspirational campaign.... but would do better if he improved story telling, didn't do as much name dropping, and were a little less self-important. Hmmmm
Daniel Crews
Oct 01, 2007 Daniel Crews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Among all the grandstanding and Ego, Nader makes some salient points that cannot safely be disregarded. We ignore his warnings about corporate control and the death of populism (little p) at our own peril.
Feb 07, 2014 Seytin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
NADER POWER! Too much heat has come down on this man. He has a lot of integrity and this book is an amazing analysis of the two party system's love affair with corporate corruption. Let go of your partisan politics and open your mind.
Sep 12, 2008 Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nader sheds light on a subject we all know too well, the political corruption that resides in Washington.We all know his independent run for the Presidency did Gore in, but he still felt both parties are slaves to corporate greed and self interest groups
Feb 24, 2014 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was there in Boston. The show of force was impressive. We didn't even get noticed. That doesn't happen anymore, now we have smart phone cameras and twitter. Back then if the TV didn't cover it, it didn't happen. Was this a historical footnote or turning point? Time will tell.
Ricky Davis
Feb 28, 2008 Ricky Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political-reads
I am a total Nader fan. In this book it shocked me to learn how much of our democratic process is undemoctratic.
Feb 11, 2008 Philip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story after story after story about how the two major parties have conspired to divide up the spoils fairly equally.
Paul Ivanov
Dec 19, 2009 Paul Ivanov rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Pretty detailed account of Nader's 2000 candidacy, much of the writing here is just relaying the sequence of events, without as much commentary as I would have liked.
Aug 07, 2007 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to get inside the brain of ralph nader
Although this book wouldn't make me vote for Ralph Nader, it made me respect him for bringing another voice into two-party system.
Feb 21, 2012 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policy-politics
I enjoyed this when I read it shortly after college. It reminded me to keep wanting more from a political party than just choosing the lesser of two evils.
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American attorney, author, lecturer, political activist, and candidate for President of the United States in five elections, including the last election 0f 2008, with his role in the 2000 election in particular being subject to much debate.

Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer rights, humanitarianism, environmentalism, and democratic government. Nader is the first Arab American pr
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