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The Reckoning by David Halberstam

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30. CITIZEN NADER

ONE OF THE PROBLEMS afflicting Henry Ford in those years was that he felt himself under attack, particularly by a government that he considered intrusive, one that seemed more and more determined to tell him what to make and how to make it, a government that seemed to prefer the word of outsiders—meddlers, in his view—to that of good professional businessmen like himself. Nothing symbolized that to him more than the rise of a young reformer named Ralph Nader. When Henry Ford was truly angry and speaking his inner truth, not the sanitized truths that came out of his public relations machinery, he turned to the subject of Nader with special vehemence.

Ralph Nader was thirty-two years old in 1966 when he took on General Motors. ...

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