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Lawrence Roberts' new book is "Mayday 1971: A White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America’s Biggest Mass Arrest."

Roberts—who has been an investigative editor with the Washington Post, ProPublica, Bloomberg News, and the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, and has been a leader on teams honored with three Pulitzer Prizes—chronicles the largest act of civil disobedience in US history, in Richard Nixon’s Washington.

He examines how the intense cluster of protests against the Vietnam War in the spring of 1971 bequeathed consequential changes to American law and politics, setting lasting precedents for individual rights in the heat of dissent, including rules for protesting in the nation’s capital today. 

Named by The Atlantic as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century, Ralph Nader has helped us drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments for more than four decades.

His new book, "How the Rats Re-formed Congress," is a fable about rats that invade Congress and astonishingly trigger a peoples' political revolt. It starts when a Congressional reporter breaks a strange and shocking story: "Rats have invaded the toilet bowls" of both the Speaker of the House and the Minority Leader. The mighty rat invasions spark a national news frenzy.