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Ralph Nader’s “The Seventeen Traditions: Lessons from an American Childhood” over the course of 150 pages, and 17 chapters, weaves a beautiful recollection of his childhood, and what it was like growing up in a small New England town of Winsted, Connecticut in the 1930s and 1940s. The introduction to the book, the first 30 pages, are in my opinion, worth the price of the book alone. Such a beautifully written memoir, and homage to a bygone era. The kind of recollection of small-town America in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, I wish my father had left for me. In many ways, a Norman Rockwell painting, or Walt Whitman poem, except in narrative form, of the way things used to be. Regardless of your political affiliation, if you care at all about the history of America, are nostalgic of the past, or just curious about how it used to be, do yourself a favor and read the first 30 pages of this book. One of the most beautiful, and well thought out descriptions of small town America I’ve ever read. Throughout the rest of the book, Ralph Nader talks about various interesting ideas and ideals, traditions such as listening, the family table, health, history, scarcity, sibling equality, education and argument, discipline, simple enjoyments, reciprocity, independent thinking, charity, work, business, patriotism, solitude, and civics. Again, regardless of your political affiliation, I think you would be hard pressed to find anything in this book you didn’t agree with. Almost like a Boy Scouts’ field manual on how to be a good citizen, a good person backed up with plenty of personal observations and life experiences. Some people watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” each year at Christmas, or maybe watch or read “A Christmas Carol”. I think “The Seventeen Traditions” is a book worthy of re-reading and study each year as well. Not only for the enjoyment of it, but to refresh in ourselves the ideals and ideas that we hold dear. I will be reading this book each Thanksgiving from now on. At least the first 30 pages. They are so inspiring, and remind me of where we came from. And they remind me of my folks. I am so grateful that we have people like Ralph Nader to record the times and remind us of the way things used to be. In my humble opinion, this book is a masterpiece. My very highest recommendation.