A Fighting Chance

A Fighting Chance

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An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works — and really doesn't.As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to university and then become a primary-school teacher — an ambitious goal, given her family's modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?Thus began an impolite education into the bare-knuckled, often dysfunctional ways of Washington. She fought for better bankruptcy laws for ten years, and lost. She tried to hold the federal government accountable during the financial crisis, but became a target of the big banks. She came up with the idea for a new agency designed to protect consumers from predatory bankers, and was denied the opportunity to run it. Finally, at the age of 62, she decided to run for office and won the most competitive — and watched — Senate race in the country.In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class — and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America's government can and must do better for working families.
Publisher: 2014.
ISBN: 9781925113525
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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May 02, 2016

Love Elizabeth Warren, loved this book. It is extremely reader-friendly and a pretty quick read. She lays out her philosophy of the American dream quite well, while peppering recent history with a good dose of her own, personal history. She exemplifies the utilitarian model of politician, which is what I prefer to the likes of Scott Brown, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump variety . I wish there were a million more people like Elizabeth Warren (and Bernie Sanders) with the brains and fortitude (and with better judgment than Eliot Spitzer or Anthony Weiner) to run for office.

Oct 14, 2015

Is that not the women who checked herself in as a women of American Native descend, I read some of it till I remembered who she was, sorry that is a big lie so I did not continue reading,

Aug 08, 2015

Loved this book.

oldhag Jul 20, 2015

A gentle book that highlights the benefits of "family" when it is at its best, coming to the aid of a relative.
Clears up some campaign controversies, and emphasizes how persistence can sometimes triumph over ill-will.
As things stand today, I will likely do a write-in vote for Warren on my 2016 presidential ballot.

drudofsky May 17, 2015

An interesting biography, providing a lot of context about how she came to successfully run for Senate in 2012, with such broad populist support.

Jan 19, 2015

A top expert on bankruptcy and consumer affairs, Warren has been a champion of the people for a long time and her current stint in the US Senate is the latest step. One of the rare books where you actually learn more reading the endnotes than the book itself - these are very detailed but puts complex concepts into simple terms.

Nov 19, 2014

Elizabeth Warren knows how to simply explain complex financial concepts. This book is at once encouraging and depressing. Encouraging because here is someone speaking out in no-nonsense terms about the economy and the banking industry. Depressing because success is so minimal and fleeting.....

Oct 23, 2014

Elizabeth gets my vote if she ever runs for anything again. She is one smart woman, can't imagine anyone knowing more than she does about the consumer side of bankruptcy and banking. We need her in any capacity we can get her in to to keep the big banks in line. If only there were more of her. She has the tenacity, intelligence,morals, ability to fight many war at the same time and work with and for grass roots people karen g

Sep 13, 2014

Elizabeth Warren is a force to be reckoned with. Her exposure to some of the political maneuvering that goes on in D.C. tells a lot about our politicians. It seemed to me the "career" politicians are afraid of her, because she is straightforward & honest about how the average citizen is not being looked after & she might try to stir things up. They want to keep the same "good old boy" system in place & protect the corporations who contribute heavily to their campaigns. I just wish there were more Senators & Congressmen & Congresswomen who would stand up for their constituents who elect them.

I enjoyed Ms. Warren's book & hope that she stays in the Senate to shake up the norm & doesn't get discouraged by the "do nothing" attitude of our lethargic politicians.

Samuel A Marcum Sep 05, 2014

Warren states in the introduction that she spent 25 years as an educator and the last 6 as a politician. At that I was excited: I really was looking forward to learning something. This book confirms the fact that she is wholly and unabashedly committed to that second career, though.

Heavy on ideology...light on solutions. I had hoped to get a view into Warren's pragmatic approach to policy making. What I got, rather, was a rant of "what should be done" intertwined with "what I did with the CFPB." Although that CFPB history was interesting and I enjoyed learning about it that was the most useful aspect of this book.

I have a difficult time believing this book isn't mostly a primer for her to gauge her popularity relative to Clinton...who also just authored a book...in anticipation of the primary season.

In summary: if you already know/like Warren you'll probably enjoy this book. If you don't know Warren or if you are one predisposed to disagree with her political leanings you probably won't. In any case this book will likely teach you very little you don't already know...except about her role in forming the CFPB.

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