It has been nearly 50 years and many subsequent crusades since consumer advocate Ralph Nader first captured the spotlight with the publication of "Unsafe at Any Speed." One might think that the title of his latest book, "Unstoppable," would indicate a memoir. Not so. Subtitled "The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State" (Nation Books, $25.99, 240 pages), the new book is an argument that the time is ripe for people on opposite sides of the political spectrum to wrest control over their futures away from big business.
Nader, 80, will talk about the book at two midweek appearances, beginning with Wednesday's conversation with Harry Kreisler, UC Berkeley's former executive director of the Institute of International Studies, at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way. The event, sponsored by KPFA Radio, is $12 in advance, $15 at the door, with tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com. Nader also appears at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., San Francisco; $25-$55; 415-597-6705, www.commonwealthclub.org.
-- Sue Gilmore, Staff