In 1966, Ralph Nader caused quite a stir with the publication of Unsafe at Any Speed, a study which indicted the automobile industry for suppressing evidence of design defects in some of its vehicles, including the Chevy Corsair [sic]. By resorting to unscrupulous methods to discredit the resolute Arab-American attorney, General Motors turned him into a cult hero while only embarrassing itself.
But the Princeton and Harvard-educated Nader successfully sued GM for invasion of privacy, and parlayed that publicity into a remarkable career as a crusader for consumer rights. And his efforts inspired a whole generation of anti-establishment attorneys to embark on legal careers dedicated to the public interest. Known as Nader's Raiders, these intrepid zealots would uncover governmental and corporate corruption wherever they could find it.