Ralph Nader

Princeton and Harvard graduate Ralph Nader was born on February 27, 1934 in Winsted Connecticut. The son of Lebanese immigrants. Ralph grew speaking Arabic and English, as did his sister, Laura, a noted anthropologist. Ralph gained national fame with his 1965 book Unsafe At Any Speed, which exposed the automobile industry's irresponsibility when it came to designing safe cars. His youthful followers became known as "Nader's Raiders." He ran for president in 1996 and 2000 as a candidate for the Green Party. Critics accused Nader of taking votes away from Democrat Al Gore. He ran again, as an independent candidate in 2004 and 2008.