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“The title, “Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism,” is a beautiful blend of the colloquial and the wonky — a perfection reflection of Nader himself through the years. And the message remains vintage Nader. The man who led the charge to get legislation to mandate seatbelts and other safety features in cars is still going after corporate America. He is also still trying to get Americans to march in step with his outrage at what he calls in the book “corporate abuses, harms and crimes.”” - Political Bookworm Blog on

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The most powerful political force on the planet is the P.O. Factor: people getting so pissed off that they decide to do something about it. In this engaging book, Ralph Nader—long the F-5 tornado of effective pissed-offness—rallies all of us to focus our P.O. Power directly on the arrogant and avaricious corporate bullies who're running roughshod over us and stifling America's potential for greatness. Don't “read and weep”—read and leap... into action.
--Jim Hightower

In Getting Steamed, Ralph Nader tells stories of corporate malfeasance that outrage, enlighten and compel action. Nader brings to this book the inside knowledge that has made him our most important critic of the corporate-political matrix. This book will make you mad as hell.
--Charles Derber, author of Greed to Green and Marx's Ghost

Nader's chronological selection of annotated reports on healthcare fraud, defective products, workplace injuries and environmental destruction makes it clear that we are like proverbial frogs steeped in a boiling cauldron of corporate crime. The question is whether we will choose to withdraw into our isolated despair and moral cowardice—becoming ever more inured to the ongoing epidemic as it cooks our cynical society dry—or, inspired by this book's specific suggestions to find ways to organize and fight back.
--Charles Cray, co-author of The People's Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy

...a terrifying cornucopia of corporate crimes that not only continue unabated, but constantly pummel us financially, socially, physically, and mentally. Nader's commentary on this astonishing array of corporate transgressions (during just one year) is imbued with the passion and experience of decades as a crusader for justice. Take his challenge. Read this book in one sitting. Get steamed. Get active. Get going.
--Nomi Prins, Author of It Takes a Pillage: An Epic Tale of Power, Deceit and Untold Trillions

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567514065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567514063
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Named by The Atlantic as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century, Ralph Nader has helped us drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments for more than four decades.

The crusading attorney first made headlines in 1965 with his book Unsafe at Any Speed, a scathing indictment that lambasted the auto industry for producing unsafe vehicles. The book led to congressional hearings and automobile safety laws passed in 1966, including the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. He was instrumental in the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many lives have been saved by Nader's involvement in the recall of millions of unsafe consumer products, including defective motor vehicles, and in the protection of laborers and the environment. By starting dozens of citizen groups, Ralph Nader has created an atmosphere of corporate and governmental accountability.

Ralph Nader's most popular books include, from Seven Stories, In Pursuit of Justice and The Ralph Nader Reader. His most recent bestselling books were The Good Fight (2004) and The Seventeen Traditions (2007), both published by HarperCollins. "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!" is Nader's first work of imagination. It will be published by Seven Stories Press on September 22, 2009.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. L LaRegina on February 27, 2012
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Ralph Nader turns 78 years of age as I write this on February 27, 2012. His latest book, GETTING STEAMED TO OVERCOME CORPORATISM, proves the shortest he's written. In fact Nader contributes very little text.

Now in his sixth decade of fighting for regular people, is Ralph Nader at last kicking back? Hell, no! A Who's Who of corporate crime, GETTING STEAMED has Nader laying out the case against the 1% that has stolen America. Culling from the pages of publications such as CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER and THE PROGRESSIVE POPULIST in GETTING STEAMED, Nader documents crime after crime by the banks, insurance companies, military-industrial complex and others.

All guilty as charged!

Publicizing GETTING STEAMED, Ralph Nader said the book went to print just before the Occupy movement caught on. But as there is no such thing as a citizenry that's too involved, GETTING STEAMED concludes with its own call to action. Sign up for it. I did.

Happy birthday, Ralph Nader. Here's wishing you many more.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DaGiff on January 28, 2012
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Mr. Nader's "Getting Steamed" is an excellent, informative book. To proceed actively, first follow through by studying "Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries," by Naomi Wolf, and then follow her very practical instructions for activism.
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28 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Tome Raider VINE VOICE on November 24, 2011
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I haven't read this yet, but I plan on doing so soon. I recently heard Ralph on an early morning radio program and he was promoting this book and ranting on associated topics--quite rationally and compellingly, I must say. As he was speaking I found myself feeling a little nostalgic and almost forgiving the man for spoiling one (or was it two?) presidential elections. I still can't believe he did that, but if you disregard those unfortunate events and look at his overall career and contribution to American society, we're talking about a true Saint here, a selfless martyr of the highest order. And, let's face it, he' right (as in CORRECT) on an entire array of subjects. I hear a lot of people praising other "revolutionaries," and investigators like Hunter S. Thompson, Mike Wallace from 60 Minutes, "Moon Beam" Jerry Brown, and other assorted high-profile journalists and eccentric lawyers, but Nader has been in the mud, muck, and mire for almost five decades now, fighting vast injustices and proven diabolical wrongs--and there's mostly contempt for him. A short reflection on his career, however, and you will realize that this austere, modest man is a true genius in the guise of a lunatic. His words are all "inconvenient truths," but they are TRUE. Just read the paragraph by Ralph at the top of this Amazon listing. It is an indictment against the Current Corrupt Corporate Aristrocracy. His words and ideas could be used as the basis for a sensible Unifying Charter for the "Occupy Movement(s)". (They really ought to consult with him for guidance and direction.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By leonard on February 23, 2012
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Ralph, was the first, that I knew of, to start exposing corporate misdeeds and criminal acts. The government is not our enemy, but has been taken over by misguided if not outright evil, persons. Ralph continues, in this book, to do, as he consistently does, to inform/educate/motivate. The book has you sitting it down (at least me anyway)and walking off, steamed (yes that's a good word) at the wrong that has been done, allowed to be done, and continues to be done. Those who have called him a spoiler when the other candidates are puppets, or thrown a pie in his face, should be ashamed of they're ignorance and stupidity. America has truly been dumbed down.
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As others have stated, this is a collection of outrageous behavior during 2009 by "corporatists" (big corporations, corrupted or unrepresentative, unprincipled government). I really did not get steamed until about 20-25% of the way through. Don't know why, maybe many of the examples were too balanced pro/con, or maybe I just didn't "get" it. Anyway, I did get infuriated at the way corporations and banks force their way into government in order to avoid their due responsibilities. I did get infuriated at the way government has slacked off (including politicos) when it is supposed to protect Americans and our interests (national security, tax money, medical and consumer safety, etc.) I did get infuriated at the way the uber-rich and elitists arrogantly use people, corporations and the government for their own benefit with no care as to the consequences to the rest of us.

This book is not too structured (no chapters; no topic sections) but still very readable. There are also many typos and grammatical errors. But that's not a big deal, as long as the point of each essay, article, column, is understood by the reader. One note, the book that really got me "steamed," if you will, is Ralph Nader's "The Seventeen Solutions" when he went through various outrages in more detail.

This is a nice, eye-opening read for liberals and conservatives who care about doing what's right and good for our society.
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