Press Release

Contact: Ruth Weiner
[email protected]


What sets Ralph Nader apart is that he has moved beyond social criticism to effective political action.”—The New York Times

The column is the most natural literary form for a citizen’s advocate, and Ralph Nader may be its most robust and forceful practitioner. Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns (Seven Stories Press, May 2013) presents a panoramic portrait of the problems confronting our society and provides examples of the many actions an organized citizenry could and should take to create a more just and environmentally sustainable world.

Drawing on decades of experience, Nader’s columns document the consequences of concentrated global corporate power; threats to our food, water and air; the corrosive effect of commercialism on our children; the dismantling of worker rights; and the attacks on our civil rights and civil liberties. With over 250 columns, some going back to the 1970s, Told You So highlights the truly impressive breadth of Nader’s interests and influence, and in a form that shows him at his most persuasive.

Ralph Nader is a citizen advocate, a lawyer and an author who has started numerous public interest groups including Public Citizen, the Center for Auto Safety, Clean Water Action Project, the Disability Rights Center, the Pension Rights Center, Commercial Alert, the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), the Center for Study of Responsive Law, and initiated Princeton and Harvard Law Schools alumni civic organizations.

For the past forty-five years RALPH NADER has challenged corporations, government agencies, and other institutions to be more accountable to the public. In 1965, Unsafe at Any Speed changed the face of the automobile industry and made Ralph Nader a household name. As a result of his efforts, cars have more safety features. His lobbying and writing on the food industry in the 1960s insured that the food we buy is required to pass stricter guidelines before reaching the consumer. One of his greatest achievements was the 1974 amendment to the Freedom of Information Act that gave increased civil tools and public access to government documents. This brought freedom of press to a new level, resulting in increased access for journalists.

Ralph Nader has founded numerous public interest groups including Public Citizen, Center for Auto Safety, Pension Rights Center, and the Center for Study of Responsive Law. The Atlantic Magazine named Nader as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, and Time and Life magazines honored him as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century. Nader today continues to be a relentless force for grassroots activism and democratic change in the United States.


The Big Book of Weekly Columns

By Ralph Nader with an Introduction by Jim Hightower

Trade Paperback / $29.95 / 540 pp


May 2013

For further information or to arrange an interview with Ralph Nader, please contact Ruth Weiner, [email protected] or 914-309-8570.