Jim Hightower
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National radio commentator, columnist, public speaker, political sparkplug, and author of Let's Stop Beating Around the Bush, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be—consumers, working families, environmentalists, small business, and just-plain-folks. Twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Hightower believes that the true political spectrum is not right to left, but top to bottom, and he has become a leading national voice for the 80 percent of the public who no longer find themselves within shouting distance of the Washington and Wall Street powers at the top.

Known as “America’s Most Popular Populist,” Hightower broadcasts daily radio commentaries that are carried on more than 120 commercial and public stations, on the web, on Armed Forces Radio, One World Radio, and Sirius Satellite Radio. Each month, he publishes a populist political newsletter The Hightower Lowdown, which now has more than 125,000 subscribers and is the fastest growing political publication in America. The hard-hitting Lowdown has received both the Alternative Press Award and the Independent Press Association Award for best national newsletter.

A New York Times best-selling author, his latest books are Let’s Stop Beating Around the Bush and Thieves In High Places: They've Stolen Our Country And It's Time To Take It Back. Previous books include If The Gods Had Meant Us To Vote, They Would Have Given Us Candidates, There’s Nothing In the Middle Of the Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos, Eat Your Heart Out, and Hard Tomatoes, Hard Times.

Hightower was raised in Denison, Texas, in a family of small business people, tenant farmers, and working folks. A graduate of the University of North Texas, he worked in Washington as legislative aide to Senator Ralph Yarborough of Texas before returning to his home state, where he was editor of the feisty biweekly The Texas Observer.