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People's warrior : John Moss and the fight for freedom of information and consumer rights

Author: Michael R Lemov
Publisher: Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It is hard to believe that there was a time when there was no right to obtain government information, no protection against hazards in children's toys and other consumer products, no federal safety standards for motor vehicles, and no insurance to protect an investors' money and securities in brokerage accounts. These and other consumer rights were created only after political battles in the decade between 1966 and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: John E Moss; John E Moss
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael R Lemov
ISBN: 9781611470246 1611470242 9781611474718 161147471X 9781611470253 1611470250
OCLC Number: 707887021
Description: xxi, 237 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue: the consumer decade --
Troubled roots: a little town in the valley --
Dangerous ground: the California Assembly --
I went to bed a loser: the road to Congress --
The people's right to know: a distant shore --
The Freedom of Information Act: perilous journey --
The Product Safety Act: consumer as guinea pig --
Reviving the Federal Trade Commission: the Magnuson-Moss Act --
Investor protection: breaking Wall Street's monopoly --
Cars, chemicals, and Arab oil: changing times --
Consumer protection in retreat: two crushing defeats --
Freedom of information today: the torture memos --
Epilogue: the legacy.
Responsibility: Michael R. Lemov.

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It is hard to believe that there was a time when there was no right to obtain government information, no protection against hazards in children's toys and other consumer products, no federal safety standards for motor vehicles, and no insurance to protect an investors' money and securities in brokerage accounts. These and other consumer rights were created only after political battles in the decade between 1966 and 1976. This book is the story of that era and one of its leaders, Congressman John Moss. It describes key laws that were enacted by Congress despite political opposition. Moss fought for twelve years, against three presidents and, at times, his own party, for a freedom of information law that has stood the test of time and been copied around the world. He went on to challenge Wall Street in a battle to enact new investor protection laws.

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During his tenure as a larger-than-life member of Congress, John Moss was a major force in the development of our competitive capital markets and enhancing the oversight powers of the Securities and Read more...

 
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