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Whether you're a liberal or a conservative, every side needs a champion who can translate complicated ideas into simple language. But the left enjoys more than an extremely capable communicator. Elizabeth Warren's passion is infectious, her determination inspiring, and her integrity above reproach. And with her new memoir, a rallying-cry-for-the-middle-class, she'll only continue to stir things up.
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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 college and then become an elementary 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 fifteen 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 DC 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 age 62, she decided to run for elective 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.

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"A potent mix of memoir and policy....The title of this book reminds us that this is about Warren's fight. She is still the fiery advocate who called for a bureau to protect consumers or, as a second choice, 'no agency at all and plenty of blood and teeth left on the floor.'" The New York Times Book Review

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"Moving....Ultimately, the book's message is that one person can make a difference....After reading this book, it is comforting to know that Elizabeth Warren, with her passion, anger and bluntness, will not be silenced." The Washington Post

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"[Warren's] storytelling is well-paced and engaging....She mixes policy points with rich behind-the-scenes anecdotes." The Boston Globe

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"Intelligent and informative...[Warren is] good, plainspoken company who makes you feel smarter for having spent such easy time with her....Her new book, which is a loving look at her family as well as her country, will only broaden her base." Entertainment Weekly

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"Warren's prose is as...direct as her book's title. She has a good story to tell and she tells it well....Warren's accomplishments defied expectations virtually every step of the way." The Christian Science Monitor

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"Passionate....Her vision [for the country], laid out elegantly and effectively in A Fighting Chance, involves investments by 'we the people,' through our government, in schools, roads and research labs, and in a social safety net for 'the least among us,' investments that are, at once, in our own self-interest and in the national interest." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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"Remarkable...A Fighting Chance takes the reader into the nitty-gritty of our nation's most controversial financial decisions with a depth of insight and experience no one else in today's politics can offer....In a time when our country's greatness seems to be in crisis, this is the story of a woman who is the living embodiment of the American Dream." Harvard Political Review

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"Warren has written a good book....Frank and quite strong." The Nation

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"[A] call to arms....Reading the rousing finale of A Fighting Chance...you can hear the sound of the crowd roaring with approval." Mother Jones

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"[Warren] displays a down-home charm and an effortless rapport with everyday people....The book is more memoir than manifesto; Warren emerges as a committed advocate with real world sensibility, who tasted tough economic times at an early age and did not forget its bitterness." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

"A passionate memoir of one woman's personal story and the larger story of corruption in financial circles and the need for reform that balances the interests of the American middle class against those of the corporate sector....[Warren] offers a behind-the-scenes look at the political dealmaking and head-butting machinations in efforts to restore the nation's financial system." Booklist (starred review)

About the Author

Elizabeth Warren is the senior senator from Massachusetts. A former Harvard Law School professor, she is the author of eight books, including All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan and The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke, written with her daughter, Amelia Tyagi.

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joyziehl, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by joyziehl)
I laughed AND cried while reading this very personal and readable book. As is her style, she "tells it like it is." She opens my eyes and gives me hope that "real" people can change our world. Elizabeth is very much a "real" person: honest, energetic, hard working, down to earth, and intelligent. I highly recommend this book - I will read and reread it - hoping to become as passionate as she is!
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Lisa Parsons, April 21, 2014 (view all comments by Lisa Parsons)
I haven't read it yet but I just have to say that seeing one person in our our federal government championing the middle class is so empowering. I hear so many voices, but how many of them are championing everyday middle class people? Too often the debate gets stuck on right wing elite talking points of the money makers and job creators. On the left it is the poorest of our people and the marginalized. This is part of the debate, but who is championing the middle class who are working hard to support the elite, paying for the less fortunate, and make ends meet? Where is our upward mobility? Health care? Support for policy that maintains jobs in the U.S.A? I can't wait to read her book. Lets get to some core issues on the debate about where our country is moving...jobs, mobility, a healthy environment, and innovation.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781627790529
Author:
Warren, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Metropolitan Books
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Women
Subject:
American Government/Legislative Branch
Subject:
Congress
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20140422
Binding:
Hardcover
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1 lb

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Product details 384 pages Metropolitan Books - English 9781627790529 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Whether you're a liberal or a conservative, every side needs a champion who can translate complicated ideas into simple language. But the left enjoys more than an extremely capable communicator. Elizabeth Warren's passion is infectious, her determination inspiring, and her integrity above reproach. And with her new memoir, a rallying-cry-for-the-middle-class, she'll only continue to stir things up.

"Review" by , "A potent mix of memoir and policy....The title of this book reminds us that this is about Warren's fight. She is still the fiery advocate who called for a bureau to protect consumers or, as a second choice, 'no agency at all and plenty of blood and teeth left on the floor.'"
"Review" by , "Moving....Ultimately, the book's message is that one person can make a difference....After reading this book, it is comforting to know that Elizabeth Warren, with her passion, anger and bluntness, will not be silenced."
"Review" by , "[Warren's] storytelling is well-paced and engaging....She mixes policy points with rich behind-the-scenes anecdotes."
"Review" by , "Intelligent and informative...[Warren is] good, plainspoken company who makes you feel smarter for having spent such easy time with her....Her new book, which is a loving look at her family as well as her country, will only broaden her base."
"Review" by , "Warren's prose is as...direct as her book's title. She has a good story to tell and she tells it well....Warren's accomplishments defied expectations virtually every step of the way."
"Review" by , "Passionate....Her vision [for the country], laid out elegantly and effectively in A Fighting Chance, involves investments by 'we the people,' through our government, in schools, roads and research labs, and in a social safety net for 'the least among us,' investments that are, at once, in our own self-interest and in the national interest."
"Review" by , "Remarkable...A Fighting Chance takes the reader into the nitty-gritty of our nation's most controversial financial decisions with a depth of insight and experience no one else in today's politics can offer....In a time when our country's greatness seems to be in crisis, this is the story of a woman who is the living embodiment of the American Dream."
"Review" by , "Warren has written a good book....Frank and quite strong."
"Review" by , "[A] call to arms....Reading the rousing finale of A Fighting Chance...you can hear the sound of the crowd roaring with approval."
"Review" by , "[Warren] displays a down-home charm and an effortless rapport with everyday people....The book is more memoir than manifesto; Warren emerges as a committed advocate with real world sensibility, who tasted tough economic times at an early age and did not forget its bitterness."
"Review" by , "A passionate memoir of one woman's personal story and the larger story of corruption in financial circles and the need for reform that balances the interests of the American middle class against those of the corporate sector....[Warren] offers a behind-the-scenes look at the political dealmaking and head-butting machinations in efforts to restore the nation's financial system."
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