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A celebration of great opening lines in literature.

“In a high mountain redoubt above the Alenuihaha Channel, seventeen megamillionaires and billionaires sat on a wide balcony overlooking the lush green island of Maui and the far Pacific Ocean. They were alike in only three ways: they were old, very rich, and very unrepresentative of humanity, which they intended to save from itself.”

Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!, a novel by Ralph Nader
(Seven Stories Press, $28)