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“A powerful call to action… Warren is a polished political speaker and delivers the material well.” ―AudioFile Magazine

“Warren possesses a graceful ease in the recording booth. Her narration conveys the poise of an accomplished attorney and Harvard professor and the humble frankness of her working-class roots.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Warren's narration lends warmth, liveliness, and passion to her writing.” ―Library Journal


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.


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Elizabeth Warren describes with fascinating detail and often humor, her fight to establish a consumer protection agency so that the average American is protected against the unfair practices of big banks and other institutions when loans are made and other financial transactions. She is clearly an expert on bankruptcy, and she explains in lay terms what has gone wrong in America, and her success with the help of others in making important changes to protect all Americans, including military families, from exploitation. Her description of her life as a professor, mother, wife, and consumer advocate is extremely entertaining - a wonderful read!
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A marvelous and very clear thinker.
Her life story one we can all relate to.
The book is entertaining and very factual.
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HASH(0x99add03c) von 5 Sternen Extraordinary Memoir From a Transformative Political Leader 22. April 2014
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Let’s get one point out right at the top: Elizabeth Warren is the best thing to happen to American politics in decades. She’s not only a sharp and indefatigable warrior for American middle class families, but she’s also a forceful, persistent and effective critic of excessive financial deregulation and big business welfare.

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.
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HASH(0x99aede58) von 5 Sternen The one-star reviewers didn't read it 27. April 2014
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I got an advanced copy of this book back in January. When I see these one star diatribes I know none of these people got even 20 pages into it. This is not a sales book--Warren is not telling us why we should believe this or support this. Rather, it's more of a journal of how she got started, the luck and decisions that led her from job to job--and how she ultimately ended up in board rooms trying to convince bankers that short-term success wasn't always in their best interest. Her studies of bankruptcy and credit cards and ballooned mortgages show us that it's not just about individuals but how our economy is affected as a whole.

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. But Elizabeth Warren shows with great clarity how the economy is hurt more by the rich who escape on technicalities than by the poor who milk the system.

Again, not every theory she expresses is perfect, and we'll never have a perfectly even system, but Warren breaks down how a more even economy will ultimately lead to a better future. She's entitled to that opinion, and her extensive research makes it clear that she's looked at this from many different angles.

Which is more than the one-star reviewers can say.
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HASH(0x99aed8f4) von 5 Sternen The best (auto)biography I've ever read 28. April 2014
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I don't usually read a lot of autobiographies, but I'm a fan of Elizabeth Warren and I've heard good things about this book, so I decided to give it a try. I figured I'd start on it this weekend and finish it later in the week, but as soon as I got into it, I was hooked. The writing is very good and I found myself laughing out loud at times (such as when the author describes setting her kitchen on fire).

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. While the committee's power was essentially limited to issuing reports, they were able to shine enough light on the sweetheart deals that Treasury cut with the big banks to ensure that later deals were harder on the banks, saving the taxpayers billions of dollars.

In 2007, Warren had proposed the creation of a new government agency specifically to regulate financial products, as no current agency had that as its primary mission. After the economic meltdown, Congress was finally motivated to act, and Warren convinced Barney Frank (who was in charge of the bill in the House) to insist on a strong new agency. Gathering support for the bill took a concerted push by many people, from nonprofits and unions all the way up to the president, with the big banks fighting hard to destroy or disempower the new agency. This was where Scott Brown entered the story, as (having won Teddy Kennedy's Senate seat) he now had the power to filibuster the bill, which he used to add a $19 billion break for the banks before allowing it to pass. With the change, the Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law.

Unfortunately, while Warren had proposed the agency, fought hard for its creation, and then served as its acting head to get it up and running, the banks (and thus the Republican party) were dead set against her being confirmed as the permanent head of the agency. The president gave in and instead nominated Richard Cordray, whom Elizabeth which point Senate Republicans announced that they would block ANY nominee unless the law were changed to take power away from the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Due to a typo in the law (the word section was replaced with the word subsection), the new agency would not have much of its power until a director was confirmed. Cordray was given a recess appointment in January 2012, but was not formally confirmed by the Senate until July 2013.

After losing the chance to run the agency she had created, Prof Warren intended to return to teaching, but was encouraged to run for the Senate instead. Her family was against it; she was over 60 and had never run for political office. Speaking with residents of the state, however, she became convinced that working people needed to have a strong advocate in the Senate and that she could be that person. She started out far behind the popular Scott Brown in the polls, but eventually won 54-46 in a state that strongly shares her values.

Reading this book, sometimes I was laughing (she's a very good writer), sometimes I was angry (as she describes how those with money and power take advantage of desperate Americans), and sometimes I was excited about what she wants to accomplish, but I was always entertained. I highly recommend this book.

Full disclosure: I made a small contribution to Prof. Warren's senate campaign.
This post originally appeared at Vulcan Ears Book Reviews (

Edit: I accidentally posted this under the hardcover page, but I actually read the Kindle version. I finished the book before I expected to, since on the Kindle version the main text ends about 60% of the way in, to be followed by photos and (not surprisingly, the author being an academic) tons of endnotes.
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HASH(0x99aedee8) von 5 Sternen An Inspiring Story - 22. April 2014
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Senator Warren came from humble origins in mid-America Oklahoma - her father worked as a department-store salesman and then a maintenance man and her mother went back to work at 50 as a phone operator in Sears to try and save the family home; her brothers were an Air Force pilot, construction worker, and self-employed. Elizabeth herself began work as a special-education teacher. She attributes her successes to her parents' hard work and support, along with a nation that then invested in bilding kids and their futures. Now there's less commitment to providing affordable access to college/tech-training, our infrastructure is inadequate/crumbling, and research funding is being starved. Today, 'the game' has become rigged to further help those with money and power.

Sheer determination got her through college, then law school while also being mother to two youngsters. Then it was a couple of art-time stints teaching legal writing at Rutgers (where she'd obtained her law degree), followed by a full-time tenure track position at the University of Houston. Soon her marriage fell apart because all the external and child-caring demands on he time left her husband feeling left out. Fortunately, her family moved and helped out by carrying for the children.

After volunteering to teach bankruptcy law right after it had been changed, she soon realized there was no data on 'Why do people go bankrupt?' Convention wisdom was simple - 'they're lazy, freeloaders.' Unsatisfied, she and two other young professors undertook a study, and found nearly 90% of bankruptcies were due to job loss, medical problems, or family breakup (usually divorce, sometimes a death in the family). And the number undergoing bankruptcy was rapidly rising.

In the 1980s a Supreme Court ruling and a quietly passed Congressional amendment eliminated to then cap on interest rates that could be charged, and the age of banking deregulation was underway. The bigger banks started loading up the number of credit cards issued and escalating fees, and then in the 1990s began targeting those barely eking out a living - charging them super-high interest rates. Next came preapproved credit cards for college students, sometimes even for a pet dog or cat, followed by lobbying to restrict access to bankruptcy relief.

Warren eventually accepted a permanent position teaching at Harvard, largely as a means to help do something to counteract the power of bankers. Writing books and a position on a presidential commission studying bankruptcy further raised her image. Unfortunately, after several years of repeatedly spreading lies about the costs of bankruptcy supposedly foisted off on others, combined with high-powered/funded lobbying, the bankers won.

Then came 2008 - after years of financial shenanigans, the music finally stopped and millions more Americans were forced into bankruptcy, and numerous large firms, including leading financial institutions that had created the mess, also found themselves in serious problems. In response, our government focused on bailing out the wrong people, and the effects are still felt - a weak economy, sagging tax revenues at all levels, and soaring government expenditures and deficits.

Ms. Warren continues, as Paul Harvey used to say, with 'the rest of the story.'
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HASH(0x99af345c) von 5 Sternen A Terrific Memoir 27. April 2014
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A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren

"A Fighting Chance" is an interesting personal story of the life of now Senator Elizabeth Warren. This book tells the public story of her admirable quest to give the working families a fighting chance. Former Harvard Law Professor, accomplished author and now senior Senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren shares her inspirational life story from a girl growing up in a small town in Oklahoma to competing in a major Senate race. This moving 334-page book includes the following six chapters: 1. Choosing Battles, 2. The Bankruptcy Wars, 3. Bailing Out the Wrong People, 4. What $1 Million a Day Can Buy, 5. An Agency for the People, and 6. The Battle for the Senate.

1. Engaging, well-written memoir. Her personality shines through in the book. She is determined, wise and she CARES.
2. Elizabeth Warren's life story is a fascinating one. She has a sense of humor too, which makes the book even more enjoyable to read. Her humor tends be self-deprecating and gives the book warmth. She is also very respectful and does not throw anybody under the bus.
3. Readers will get an inside look at her life and gain a better understanding of what fuels this amazing woman. "But I did have one talent. I could fight -not with my fists, but with my words. I was the anchor on the debate team."
4. Motherhood and education. Warren brings you into her family.
5. A very interesting look into her quest to understand bankruptcy. "As I dug deeper into my study of bankruptcy and the new law, I kept bumping into the same question over and over: Why were people going bankrupt?" "Over time we, we learned that nearly 90 percent were declaring bankruptcy for one of thee reasons: a job loss, a medical problem, or a family breakup."
6. How the banking industry changed over time and why. "To pump up their returns even more, the banks tried a new tactic: What if they could persuade the government to limit bankruptcy protections?"
7. Her quest to be fair to families. "The Founding Fathers had called for bankruptcy protection in the Constitution itself, and surely even the banking lobby wouldn't pick a fight with them. But they did propose changes - stacks and stacks of changes."
8. An excellent behind the scenes discussion on the proposed bankruptcy legislation. It covers victories and defeats and the long process of legislation. Readers will gain an understanding of the process.
9. Some astounding facts. "By 2001, the number of families in financial collapse was shocking: More children would live through their parents' bankruptcy than their parents' divorce."
10. A look at the financial crisis of 2008. Warren's involvement in a Congressional Oversight Panel (COP).
11. The real story behind the meltdown. Great insights. "Many lenders made a mad dash for quick profits, abandoning their time-honored practice of carefully investigating job histories and pay stubs before approving a mortgage. Down payments shrank. Penalties and fee shot through the roof. Mortgage lending became so profitable that salesmen went door-to-door, often targeting African American and Latino neighborhoods for their highest-cost, most deceptive products." A bonus quote, "The real cause of the crash was not some inevitable cycle; this crash was the direct consequence of years of deliberate deregulation and the resulting dangerous actions of the big banks."
12. The story behind the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) the $700 billion bank bailout. Warren explains how Wall Street greed in essence was behind this whole mess. "The traders soon figured that if they could make a little money bundling and trading a few mortgages, then why not make a mountain of money selling a mountain of mortgages?"
13. The concept of Too Big Too Fail (TBTF) well described. "Grow your bank as big as you possibly can, as fast as you possibly can. Even if it means taking on big risks. Even if it means overpaying to acquire smaller companies. Even if it means entering shaky or unprofitable markets. Do it anyway, so you can grow, grow, grow. And then - here's the important part - borrow from everyone else to finance growth."
14. The importance of the government to provide meaningful oversight to protect the public interest. "In the article, I compared the safety of toasters with the safety of financial products. I proposed the creation of a new government agency, one whose sole mission would be to look out for consumers, and to serve as the cop on the beat who would make sure that financial companies follow some commonsense rules."
15. Some great examples of banks clearly taking advantage of the public. "Somewhere in the fine print, the rate on his car loan was marked `preliminary.' No one was obligated to spell out what that meant, and what it meant was: `Preliminary means that after you buy the car we can increase your monthly rate by $105, just because we want to.'"
16. An interesting look at how lobbyists operate in Washington. Their role in attempting to derail the CFPB or limit their ability to execute their mission.
17. The politics involving the selection of the director of the new agency (CFPB). Some of it is troubling. "So there it was: Senator Shelby and his fellow Republicans were furious, not with the mortgage servicers that broke the law and stole people's homes, but with government regulators who were pushing for more accountability - and specifically me."
18. Warren's fascinating battle for the Senate. Great stuff! "One of her remarks stuck with me: We need to try. When a woman runs, she makes it easier for the next woman to run, and that's how we'll win."
19. Photograph inserts.
20. Notes included.

1. I was hoping to learn more about her political views. Of course she shares her passion for bankruptcy laws and how to help working class families but there is very little else. An appendix or tables capturing her views would have added value.
2. Regarding predatory lending that targeted service members, name the banks involved. Shame on them!
3. Elizabeth Warren was too nice in her memoir. Sure she goes after banks with plenty of zeal but she was surprisingly complementary and for a lack of a better word too civil but that's just this reviewer's respectful opinion.
4. Notes included but not linked.

In summary, a terrific memoir on a driven, wise and caring woman. The book provides excellent insights into her evolution from a girl from a small-town in Oklahoma to a big-time Senator with a big presence and defender of the working class. Interesting and easy book to read I just wished it had more insights into her political views. It's a book worth reading I recommend it!

Further suggestions: "Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street" by Neil Barofsky, "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap" by Matt Taibbi, "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power" by Jimmy Carter, "Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class" by Jacob S. Hacker, "Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America" by Charles H. Ferguson, "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do about It (BK Currents (Paperback))" by Thom Hartmann, "The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America..." by Michael W. Hudson, "Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality" and "Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich--and Cheat Everybody Else" by David Cay Johnston, "The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions, and Prosperity--and What We Can Do about It" by Les Leopold and "The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street" by Robert Scheer.
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