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A Fighting Chance Hardcover – April 22, 2014
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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
“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
“[Warren's] storytelling is well-paced and engaging… She mixes policy points with rich behind-the-scenes anecdotes.” ―The Boston Globe
“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
“A revealing account of Warren's rise to prominence … [Warren's] arguments demand to be taken seriously…. As a politician and activist, Warren's great strength is that she retains the outsider's perspective, and the outsider's sense of moral outrage, which runs throughout A Fighting Chance… She's an indomitable battler for the underdog, and she doesn't take no for an answer.” ―The New York Review of Books
“The Wall Street watchdog and U.S. senator has produced a readable and sometimes infuriating explanation of the biggest financial crisis of our time.” ―People
“[Warren] has a compelling story to tell…. She is also entertaining about professional politics.” ―The Economist
“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
“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
“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
“Revealing…Warren's book describes the troubling patterns and practices of high-level Washington.” ―Gretchen Morgenson, The New York Times
“Warren has written a good book … Frank and quite strong.” ―The Nation
“Warren's moment has arrived … To understand why Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the fastest-rising new star in the Democratic Party … read her new book … A Fighting Chance tells true and important tales about the great scandal of our age, the corruptions that engulf Washington today, and the battles of good people to reform them … [Warren] stands for the integrity and spirit that Americans hunger for in public life, which could someday bring her from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other.” ―The Hill
“[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
“[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)
“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)
Top Customer Reviews
In addition to her other winning attributes, Elizabeth Warren is also a clear, honest and deeply entertaining writer and her new memoir “A Fighting Chance” is about as good as political memoirs come. On one level, “A Fighting Chance” is a reflection on Warren’s life: her upbringing in Oklahoma in a working class family, her education and legal training, her decades as an advocate for bankruptcy law reform, her battles both inside and outside the Obama Administration to stand up her Consumer Financial Protection Agency, and her run for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts against a popular incumbent. On another level, Warren’s memoir is a cri de coeur arguing that the support structures and institutions that enabled Warren to succeed have been washed away by decades of wrongheaded policy choices, selfish economic priorities, and an aggressive lack of care for future generations.
In the final estimation, Elizabeth Warren accomplishes in her memoir the same thing she accomplishes so often in real life: she envisions and argues for a better, more equitable America that supports all of its families, rather than a select few. Once the reader finishes “A Fighting Chance,” it’s easy to understand what the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone meant when he said that he could use ten more progressives in the Senate -- "or one Elizabeth Warren." Before reading her memoir, I believed that Elizabeth Warren is the last, best hope our country has; after reading her memoir, I'm certain that she is.
Of course, you can disagree with her liberal positions on a lot of things, but again, the book isn't trying to sway the reader to get on the bandwagon. If anything, she's more like a scientist: she shows evidence of patterns and statistics that show how a shrinking middle class threatens our future and how tax loop holes only serve those who don't even need them. It's written with eloquence and candor (and sometimes a bit of frustration) but for the most part it tells of how she got where she is and why she can't just ignore the laws that truly threaten lower class families. When she wrote THE TWO INCOME TRAP a decade ago she showed us that we get fooled into believing that hard work always pays off and that doing he right thing will always protect you in the end. Not so. In an economy like this one, the strong always maintain greater control and the weak stay weak--or slip even further behind.
Is she right every time?--of course not. There really ARE poor people who buck the system--just like there are very rich people who do as well.Read more ›
The first few chapters cover the author's life before she got involved in politics: how she grew up middle class until her father got sick and lost his job; how she earned a debate scholarship and went to college (despite her mother's desire that she focus on finding a husband), then dropped out of college to get married and have a baby. How she finished her college degree and then a law degree, while raising two kids. Then - in what would eventually lead her to becoming nationally known - how she ended up getting involved in bankruptcy law and research into why people declare bankruptcy. As a bankruptcy expert, she lead the (ultimately unsuccessful) fight to keep the law from being changed to enhance banking profits at the expense of those who would no longer have access to bankruptcy protection.
After her work on bankruptcy, she eventually ended up leading the COP panel, which oversaw TARP (Trouble Assets Relief Program), more commonly known as the bank bailout. The panel unfortunately had no real power - they could take testimony, but could not compel people to testify, nor could they insist on being present when Treasury (which didn't appear particularly interested in oversight) made the decisions on how to spend the $700 billion that Congress had authorized to bail out the financial system.Read more ›
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This was an informative and enjoyable read! I learned a lot about Elizabeth Warren. I'm now even more impressed with her as a public servant and champion of the people, who also... Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Marion Moss Hubbbard
I read this book to try to get a sense of Warren, and the Progressive movement in general. I tend to be more moderate, and was turned off by some of her rhetoric and name-calling,... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kevin Schwartz
Great, easy to read, comprehensive story! I want to go work with her!Published 9 days ago by E. Lee
Senator Elizabeth Warren describes her long, hard fought battle to become the Washington fighter for the middle class, children, the less fortunate of every kind. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Nancy J Sommers
Elizabeth is my new hero, I love her writing, the book is very, very easy to read, she simplifies what she is trying to say. Read morePublished 17 days ago by lotus flower
quite boring. i wanted to know her not just read about bancruptcy and the treasury dpt. she can do better. than this.Published 19 days ago by Arline Marantz
Native American Icon Elzabeth "High Cheekbone Chief" Warren writes about her life. From her time at "smoke signals for Singles" Native American feminist magazine to... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Anton