A Fighting Chance (Hardcover)

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Reading Sen. Warren’s extraordinary book, you can feel the energy that she brought to her journey from small town Oklahoma to the Senate floor.  In fact, as I turned each page, I couldn’t help but feel a little lazy in my own life.  She somehow found time to gather the facts, tell her story, write her books and still bake her husband an apple pie.  Fighting unfair bankruptcy laws, the big banks, and the right wing, Sen. Warren found a way to make a difference.  Juxtaposing her personal story with the enormity of societal changes occurring from the fifties onward, Sen. Warren inspires her readers to find a way to be part of the change we need in America today.  Sen. Warren’s book speaks to women, to the middle class, to any minority group, and it certainly spoke to me.  With the example of her energy, brilliance and perseverance, perhaps we all have “A Fighting Chance.” - Geri Liemer, Customer

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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--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.

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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Product Details
ISBN: 9781627790529
ISBN-10: 1627790527
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2014
Pages: 365
Language: English