A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 12, 1969

ALL news, in some way or another, concerns itself with the quality of life, and too often nowadays it seems that man's dreams of Utopia have become nightmares of dirt and despair. The atmosphere stifles rather than sustains; water poisons rather than refreshes; machinery and appliances invented for service and comfort fail to function and sometimes even maim and kill. What has anyone done about it? Until fairly recently, not a great deal. This week TIME'S cover tells the story of Ralph Nader, one man who felt that something had to be done—and set out to do it himself. Nader has...

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