The big boys: power and position in American business

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Pantheon Books, 1986 - Business & Economics - 576 pages
Profiles nine of America's foremost business leaders--including David Roderick of US Steel and Roger Smith of General Motors--and analyzes personalities and styles of power

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Nine of America's most powerful (though virtually unknown) executives are scrutinized in this extraordinarily candid and thought-provoking probe into their business and personal lives. Consumer ... Read full review

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Nader and Taylor profile nine top business leaders, among them David Roderick of U.S. Steel, Paul Oreffice of Dow Chemical, Felix Rohatyn of Lazard Freres, and William Norris of Control Data. They ... Read full review


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Ralph Nader, February 27, 1934 - For the past forty-five years, Ralph Nader has challenged corporations, government agencies, and institutions to be more accountable to the public. In 1965, "Unsafe at Any Speed" changed the face of the automobile industry and made Ralph Nader a household name. As a result of his efforts, cars have more safety features. His lobbying and writing on the food industry insured that the food we buy is required to pass strict guidelines before reaching the consumer. One of his greatest achievements was the 1974 amendment to the Freedom of Information Act that gave increased public access to government documents. This brought freedom of press to a new level, resulting in increased access for journalists. Nader has co-founded numerous public interest groups including Public Citizen, Critical Mass, Commercial Alert, and the Center for Study of Responsive Law. In 2000 Nader is mounting his second bid for president of the United States as a candidate for the Green Party, and today continues to be a relentless force for grassroots activism and democratic change in the United States.

William Taylor is a novelist who specializes in writing fiction for children between ten and fifteen He is from New Zealand. Taylor's books include Knitwits and Numbskulls and feature problems and situations that can be overwhelming when one is between childhood and the teenage years. Taylor also wrote Fast Times at Greenhill High, a story set in the environment of a typical high school. He won the Library and Information Association of New Zealand's Esther Glenn Award for most distinguished contribution to New Zealand Literature for children and young people in 1991 for Agnes the Sheep. Taylor was also the 1998-1999 Chair of the Central District Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors.

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