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Publisher Description

An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works—and really doesn't—in A Fighting Chance

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
April 22
Henry Holt and Co.

Customer Reviews

Steeeeeev H ,

Perhaps learn about her, and her ideals, before bashing

You'll probably be surprised. She stands up against big banks, payday loan companies, predatory lenders, wall street, and so on.

All on behalf of We the People. What has your Senator done for you? Or your Governor? Blocked medicaid expansion?

And her book is a good read.

melodyve ,

Fascinating Read

Reminds you of all the things that are wrong with politics. Superpacs. Lobby's. Lower interest rates for banks than students. Not holding bankers and lenders accountable for misleading
Borrowers. Taking away insurance coverage for birth control. Things need to change in politics. While I'm sure there was "self promotion" in the book, it's a great & frightening read!

4Windspicker ,

Read it and then read it again

I don’t understand the status quo naysayers that most likely have not read the book. It seems the right is out to get Ms. Warren because her book speaks the truth and the truth is a hard lesson for some to swallow. She speaks the truth regardless of what the rest of Congress and the conservatives would want you to believe. Buy it, read it, and read it again.

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