A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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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  • Laneda

    Thanks Charles, for the "LIKE".

    October 17

  • Laneda

    Since I did not participate in the discussion, perhaps I should not weigh in on this issue: but I will anyway. I would vote for Warren before I would vote for Clinton. If I had heard the discussion, maybe I would feel differently. But I have an impression of Ms. Warren as a Washington "outsider", while Ms. Clinton, whom I have always respected, is starting to lose some of her luster for me.

    1 · October 16

  • Peter

    As Charles says, everybody liked Ms. Warren and found the book enjoyable and easy to read. She did a great job of explaining clearly the issues that she'd been involved in and made her appoints well. Ultimately though, when asked would they favor Warren over Clinton as a presidential candidate (presumably the purpose of the book), the majority of the group still preferred Clinton!

    October 16

  • Phyllis

    Directly related to our discussion last night is October 15, 2014 interview w/Paul Krugman onThe Charlie Rose show. The complete interview is available on You Tube.

    October 16

  • Charles H.

    Thoughtful readers and comments. Unanimous approval of Ms. Warren, and, interestingly, the writing and organization of the book began to appeal more to readers as they read on. Good for me to hear; I always feel that these mandatory bios of presidential candidates aren't really books, but very very long political ads. This one was sell done, judging from our group's reaction.

    October 16

  • Laneda

    I have almost finished the book, but cannot be there for the discussion this evening. I found her to be an authentic person with a minimum of the self-serving politician's slant. Nor did I get the impression that the book was "ghost-written" as so many of that genre are. In fact, it might be a good idea to require anyone who wants to run for office to write a short book "all by themselves", explaining who they are and what they hope to accomplish in whatever office they hope to win. It would be a novelty for sure to know exactly who one is voting for and what their agenda might be. I look forward to seeing everyone at the discussion of "The Orchardist"

    1 · October 15

    • Peter

      Thanks for letting me know Laneda. Sorry you can't be with us, we shall miss you! I very much appreciate your comments.

      October 15

  • Cynthia

    I was gonna finish it today--then got thrown a last-minute work project by a new client. I would still love to go to the discussion if that's OK--I have read about two-thirds of the book and have been getting more into it as I go along! Now back to proofreading....

    October 15

    • Peter

      Of course you should come! We're only a small group tonight so it will be pretty informal anyway and, quite honestly, we do usually have some people who haven't finished. In this case it's even less critical than usual. Hope to see you later.

      October 15

  • Peter

    Having almost finished this book I will be fascinated to discover whether other readers felt that it was an entirely honest, heartfelt account of her life to this point or a more political, cynical work........

    1 · October 12

    • Lisa

      Very good question! If it was anyone else, I would be highly cynical about this book. But Warren convinces me with her actions (outside of the book), that this memoir is for the most part genuine and honest. She really walks the talk, and has demonstrated a long time passion for financial reform. I remember first seeing her in the documentary, Maxed Out, and have loosely followed her career after that. I thoroughly enjoyed the book!

      October 13

    • Peter

      Hi Lisa, I guess it will always be a question where any politician's book is concerned. I like Warren too and certainly don't see her as the usual "cynical" politician. I always think you have took at what was put into the book and what was left out. Timing is also important. I shall be curious to see what others think and I will certainly let you know.

      1 · October 13

  • Rosanne J.

    Aunt fell and broke pelvis....I will be out of town indefinitely.

    October 11

  • Carla

    I read some of this book, and I truly love her. But I wasn't really interested in the personal stuff that expands what might have been a few interesting essays into a full-blown book. I'm going to take a look at Bob Herbert's new book, Losing Our Way.

    1 · October 11

    • Susan G.

      Here's the link to the excerpt.

      October 11

  • Cynthia

    I mean, I know a lot of politicians routinely go all memoir-y on us, but her back story feels authentic and seems illuminating, "feeds the story," as it were?

    1 · October 11

  • Cynthia

    I'm finally just now starting to get into it, may not finish in time, stay tuned! Personal stuff (in beginning, at least--i.e., so far) helps it feel less like the proverbial politician's book for me.

    1 · October 11

  • Suzee

    I am thoroughly enjoying this book but I have another commitmment. Enjoy!!

    October 5

  • Peter

    An interview with Elizabeth Warren in 2004. She predicts the recession four years before it actually happened...

    http://billmoyers.com/segment/flashback-elizabeth-warren-basically-predicts-the-great-recession/

    September 6

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