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"In the cozy den of the large but modest house in Omaha where he has lived since he started on his first billion, Warren Buffett watched the horrors of Hurricane Katrina unfold on television in early September 2005. . . . On the fourth day, he beheld in disbelief the paralysis of local, state, and federal authorities unable to commence basic operations of rescue and sustenance, not just in New Orleans, but in towns and villages all along the Gulf Coast. . . He knew exactly what he had to do. . ."

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"In the cozy den of the large but modest house in Omaha where he has lived since he started on his first billion, Warren Buffett watched the horrors of Hurricane Katrina unfold on television in early September 2005. . . . On the fourth day, he beheld in disbelief the paralysis of local, state, and federal authorities unable to commence basic operations of rescue and sustenance, not just in New Orleans, but in towns and villages all along the Gulf Coast. . . He knew exactly what he had to do. . ."

So begins the vivid fictional account by political activist and bestselling author Ralph Nader that answers the question, "What if?" What if a cadre of superrich individuals tried to become a driving force in America to organize and institutionalize the interests of the citizens of this troubled nation? What if some of America's most powerful individuals decided it was time to fix our government and return the power to the people? What if they focused their power on unionizing Wal-Mart? What if a national political party were formed with the sole purpose of advancing clean elections? What if these seventeen superrich individuals decided to galvanize a movement for alternative forms of energy that will effectively clean up the environment? What if together they took on corporate goliaths and Congress to provide the necessities of life and advance the solutions so long left on the shelf by an avaricious oligarchy? What could happen?

This extraordinary story, written by the author who knows the most about citizen action, 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583229033
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 1,023,692
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 2.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Nader
For over four decades RALPH NADER has challenged corporations, government agencies, and institutions to be more accountable to the public. From fighting for car safety in the 1960s, to opposing the policies of the World Trade Organization, to running for president, Nader continues to be a relentless force for grassroots activism and democratic change.
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Table of Contents

Ralph Nader begins Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us! with an author's note that attempts to clarify any genre confusion the reader might have. "This book is not a novel," he announces. "Nor is it nonfiction. In the literary world, it might be described as a 'practical utopia.' " It's a smart clarification to offer because, by the aesthetic criteria of either of those two more common forms, it is a colossal, Hindenburgian disaster.

As a novel it is a dismal affair: gracelessly written, ploddingly plotted, and long. Oh God so long. And as a political tract it advances a conception of politics both grossly condescending and depressingly elitist. Democracy, Nader seems to say, could be ours: if only the oligarchs would get behind it.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2011

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    making a difference

    "only the superrich can save us " is very hard to put down novel . it is writtion by possible 2012 white house candidate ralph nader who writes about several famous billionairs who decide to put their millions toword helping democracy and those less fortunate. this is truly a fasinating book it shows what money can do for the good if it is put into the right hands and it will get people intrested in making a difference. great gift idea for a friend or family member.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    It seems like the title may be some misdirection-deceptive hook, but it is one of the most cleverly plotted modern call to arms i've read-ever.

    Very interesting and hefty-sized page-turner.

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

    Ralph Nader has hit an Aesopian Fable - if it only could become true!!

    "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!" is a MUST READ. It is very easy reading. Ralph Nader has written with every-day words nearly all can read and easily understand.

    The entire concept of the US Constitution confirmed that control of a government required the source of standards of personal, social, and business behavior must come from all the citizens of the United States of America. The KEY feature was to maintain control of the Government of the new United States in the hands of all individuals that comprise the population of the United States, not the gentry few wealthy and land-owners. Ralph Nader has described precisely what was intended in 1776. The ranking of considerations at all levels in Nader's story parallels the Original Constitution of the United States.

    What Nader is telling the reader in a very imaginative way is re-establishing the control of our government to the lower income, more common citizen. This way they can buy the goods and services they want and need. In turn gives the producing workers employment - which, in turn, gives management operating positions - which, in turn, makes for profitable businesses to sell stock and bonds to the upper income citizens. It is essential, the lower and lowest wealth individuals must be gainfully employed. Nader calls on 17 of the wealthy personae, using their names in his creation of imaginative "what could happen" story of "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!"

    Carefully note our present government is controlling us, all of us at the lower-wealth bottom. Because we have, over the past little over 100 years, allowed - No! We have voted Congressional Members who passed laws to allow -- the government to give us - as if we need not ever have to pay for it - services and government control.

    "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!" is written for anyone to enjoy and be tickled by what could happen here - and the world - if we all put our true needs on the negotiating table.

    Colin C. Ware, Founder of CrediCash? System, for the multitudes

    I have also read and enjoyed the teachings of:
    "5000 Year Leap : A Miracle that Changed the World" by W. Cleon Skousen
    "An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems"
    by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe, Steve Burguiere

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2009

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    the rich can help us

    "only the super rich can save us" is a very intresting novel writtion by ralph nader . he takes a serious look at a many problems in the world and how alot of the many industrilists and people who have the most money dont use it to the betterment of society . this book takes a look at what would happen if some of these people who control the money in the world would try to make a difference with some of the problems in our communitys instead of spending there money on things that dont matter what would happen if these people used there money to show the betterment or for the worse. this bestseller shows how we all can look in our own back yards and solve some of our own differences perhaps mr nader will be making another run. this book would make a wonderful gift for someone special.

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