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CITIZEN NADER by CHARLES McCARRY 335 pages. Saturday Review Press.


"I cannot decide," Charles McCarry lamented in mid-manuscript, "whether Ralph Nader is Jesus Christ or the Manchurian Candidate." The pity is that McCarry and others fail to sense that Nader is—and need be—neither.

In this literate, first full-length biography, McCarry dutifully confronts the standard assortment of Nader paradoxes. How explain a man who earns $200,000 a year, but lives on $5,000? Who assails even his former allies if they fall short of his exacting and peevish standards? Who refuses to drive a car,...

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