The system is rigged. That's part of Warren's message, intertwined with personal history and her journey from mother to law professor to author to policy wonk to Senator. Such a compelling, and easy flowing read, I roared through it in a single day--gathering the energy and emotion.
The second time I will spend more time cross referencing the consumer and big bank issues. The best book I've read in View 1 comment. Jun 29, Barbara The Bibliophage rated it it was amazing Shelves: own , memoirs , politics-and-the-world , audio , resistlist , Elizabeth Warren is a fighter, whether in her personal life or for middle class Americans. As the author of many books, Warren has plenty of writing chops. But this one, A Fighting Chance, is her personal story rather than an academic tome. She intertwines her life with buckets of information about the way U.
Listening to her tell the Elizabeth Warren is a fighter, whether in her personal life or for middle class Americans. Listening to her tell the story on the audiobook, I heard how deeply she cares about this topic. Warren comes from modest means. She acknowledges how critical this step was to her life, which later included two marriages, two kids, grandkids, a law degree, and law school professorships.
She ends the book with her Massachusetts Senate campaign and the resulting win. My conclusions One of my good friends and a fellow politically active grandma has been on the Warren train for ages. She keeps nudging me to learn more. The YouTube rabbit hole of talks and interviews is a great resource. She lays out the details of complicated economic ideas. I recommend the audiobook, but if you want her pictures and extensive footnotes, print is the way to go.
Originally published on my book blog, TheBibliophage. View 2 comments. Jan 17, Darlene rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , audio , politics. I began reading a print copy of this book but quickly switched to the audiobook version as it was read by Senator Elizabeth Warren, herself. Listening to this book read by the author enhanced my enjoyment and appreciation of what she had to say.
She captured my attention after the financial collapse when I saw her on television advocating for an agency created for the protection of consumers. She spoke plainly and eloquently; I began reading a print copy of this book but quickly switched to the audiobook version as it was read by Senator Elizabeth Warren, herself. She spoke plainly and eloquently; and although I'm not a person who is particularly knowledgeable about economics and just how the financial system works, Mrs.
Warren explained everything in simple and concise language. This book was a memoir of sorts. Elizabeth Warren began her story…. She was the youngest of three children and she spoke of her parents as hard working , but often struggling financially; and that struggle became harder still after her father's heart attack when she was 12 years old.
Growing up in the 's, Mrs. Warren spoke about the pressure that was placed on young women to find a 'good' husband and concentrate on starting a family. Young women weren't particularly encouraged to pursue an education and career. However, SHE decided she wanted to go to college and become a teacher.
Knowing her family could not afford to pay for college,she used her skills as a high school debater to obtain a scholarship. One of the stories she told in this book which I found particularly poignant was when she needed to obtain copies of her parents' tax returns to complete her financial aid application and she realized that despite their years of hard work, her parents earned very little money.
Ultimately, Mrs. Warren obtained her college degree; she married and had children; got divorced; earned advanced degrees and got remarried and spent a time teaching at the University of Pennsylvania before ending up at Harvard University. She was teaching bankruptcy law and decided to undertake a research project with a colleague who was a sociology professor…. This research would light a spark in Mrs. Warren and would help determine the course of her life for many years. Warren admitted that conventional wisdom about bankruptcy was that people declare bankruptcy because they could not control their spending..
The statistics she discovered, however, told quite another more startling story. The startling research led Mrs. She became involved in the fight for better and stronger bankruptcy laws… enlisting the help of Senator Ted Kennedy.. But during this process, Mrs. Warren learned a valuable lesson and became schooled in the dysfunctional ways of Washington. This dysfunction didn't discourage her, however. Once again, her experience was frustrating. Warren discussed how the Panel was not given access to just how the Treasury Department was disbursing funds to troubled banks and later refusing to disclose the parameters of the 'stress tests' they were conducting on these banks.
In effect, this Congressional Oversight Panel seemed to have little power and were simply expected to generate reports which were most likely never read by anyone. From her frustration over the lack of transparency by government officials and the increasing power of bank lobbyists on Capitol Hill, Mrs. Warren came up with the idea of a new agency which would protect consumers from predatory bankers. Although the Consumer Financial Protection Agency was her brainchild, she was, in the end, denied by Congress the opportunity to run it.
As she had demonstrated over and over throughout her life, Mrs. Warren once again refused to give up the fight on behalf of struggling people. One particular passage stood out for me when listening to this incredible woman's story; and I believe it sums up all that she continues to fight for…. Big corporations hire armies of lobbyists to get billion dollar loopholes into the tax system and persuade their friends in Congress to support laws that keep the playing field tilted in their favor. Meanwhile, hard-working families are told that they'll just have to live with smaller dreams for their children.
Even if you do not share her political beliefs, I believe you will still take something positive away from this book. If nothing else, in this book, she provides probably the best and clearest explanation for the financial collapse and its aftermath that I have ever heard. I highly recommend this book… most especially, the audio version. View all 11 comments. May 15, Mal Warwick rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction.
Finally — a leading Democrat who understands that elections are won or lost on the basis of personal values. They worked hard — really hard — Finally — a leading Democrat who understands that elections are won or lost on the basis of personal values. They worked hard — really hard — to help my brothers and me along. But we also succeeded, at least in part, because we were lucky enough to grow up in an America that invested in kids like us and helped build a future where we could flourish. Today the game is rigged — rigged to work for those who have money and power.
But Elizabeth Warren is no typical professor. Born and raised in a small Oklahoma town to low-income parents hardened by the Dust Bowl and the Depression, and descended from both early settlers and Native American forebears in what was then Indian Country, Senator Warren has injected into her life ever since a ferocious commitment to economic and social justice. From an early age, as a champion high school debater, she showed a special talent for pursuing everything in life with dogged determination and a refusal to give up no matter how bleak the prospects.
These qualities, together with her powerful intellect, helped her rise from a teaching post at a commuter college law school to the pinnacle of her field, first at Penn and then at Harvard.
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The same gifts no doubt contributed in a major way to her solid victory in a U. Warren again, as she spoke during her campaign for the U. Oil companies guzzle down billions in subsidies. Billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. Wall Street CEOs — the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs — still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors, and acting like we should thank them. A lone voice I haven't read unadulterated truth for a very long time. Everyone speaks in spin. No one is ashamed to get caught in a lie.
I'm 70 years old. I've followed politics and politicians for 60 years. Frankly, I had given up, until about 10 years ago I heard about this professorial looking lady who was exposing corporate financial officers as the thieves they have become. Later I heard this same Elizabeth Warren woman was exposing unfair labor practices, student loan ripoffs, bankruptcy ex A lone voice I haven't read unadulterated truth for a very long time.
Later I heard this same Elizabeth Warren woman was exposing unfair labor practices, student loan ripoffs, bankruptcy extortion, voters rights, and pretty much acting like I believed a committed public figure should. I am so pleased I read this book. It renewed my faith in our system and has set a benchmark for public service that no fat contributor can erase with a self-serving check. If you believe that democracy should afford a fighting chance to every citizen, you will be inspired. If you believe corporations are people, money is equivalent to a vote, and you are somehow entitled to bend the rules in your favor, study this person, she and the millions she inspires are your undoing.
Jul 04, Ed rated it it was amazing. I liked her discussions to help me understand personal finances and debts. Nov 06, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , , audiobooks.
I honestly didn't know much about Elizabeth Warren before starting this book. I knew that she's loved in the US and now I know why. She won my admiration I'll have to read more about the topic. However, I don't think giving more loans to students is the solution for eduction but rather lowering the expenses because tuition fees in the US are too expensive. Still, I think she'd make a good president especially sinc I honestly didn't know much about Elizabeth Warren before starting this book.
Still, I think she'd make a good president especially since she's trying to protect the middle class. This book made a great audio. Favorite audiobook for sure this year and favorite non-fiction, the kind I want to read more of. I'm looking forward to knowing more about her and her visions. I really like that even though she's not young at all and came from a normal background, Senator Warren is doing all these great things for the people -normal people that is.
She's definitely someone to look up to. May 02, Caroline Bock rated it it was amazing. The Senator from Massachusetts tells a few stories of her life growing up scraping the bottom of the middle class barrel in Oklahoma before moving on to college with a scholarship and law school. She shares how she was drawn into bankruptcy law and eventually to Washington D. She talks cold turkey about politics and being a newcomer to D.
Look around. Wall Street CEOS—the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs —still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors, and acting like we should thank them. I had the great opportunity to see the Senator speak in D. She would have my vote. Before My Eyes What a fantastic book! I learned so much about the banking industry, taxes, and the bank buyout and it didn't feel like a textbook was being read to me.
Elizabeth does a great job explaining what is happening with the big corporations and how the regular American citizen is getting screwed over because the banks and credit card companies are able to help write bills that help them and hurt the regular American who is struggling. It's a powerful book no matter what your political affiliation migh What a fantastic book!
It's a powerful book no matter what your political affiliation might be. We are all getting screwed by the big corporations and America needs to open their eyes up and start contacting their representatives and start speaking up or it will only get worse. I think Elizabeth is someone I would enjoy having lunch with. Or maybe I should say I wouldn't mind having a drink with her. Apr 23, Jim Hiller rated it it was amazing. Couldn't put this book down. Thank god Elizabeth Warren is in the Senate. Unleash this woman and her intellect for the benefit of us all! Oct 24, Nicholas rated it it was amazing Shelves: history-theme-awesome-women.
If I could have dinner with just one famous person or historical figure, I'd choose Elizabeth Warren without a moment's hesitation. Listened to the Audiobook version, narrated by Senator Warren herself and it was so much more powerful. This book gave me a wild mix of emotions. It's depressing; it's uplifting. It's rage-inducing; it's sentimental.
It's all of these things in the best possible way.
I have to admit though, that through most of the narrative, my teeth felt clenched tight enough to sha If I could have dinner with just one famous person or historical figure, I'd choose Elizabeth Warren without a moment's hesitation. I have to admit though, that through most of the narrative, my teeth felt clenched tight enough to shatter.
What kept drawing me back in was Warren's own story. By her own account, it's the story of an ordinary, plain American—nothing remarkable or special—inexorably drawn into the highest rungs of power in the American political system. It's an impossible tale. It's one that shouldn't be true, like a ridiculously fantastic Horatio Alger rags to riches story whose objective is to keep Americans placated that the American dream is alive and well when it isn't. I'm incredibly torn. Years of teaching AP Government and digesting political news as well as academic studies of our political system like this one make me incredibly cynical about the power and potency of the ordinary citizen in our democratic citizen.
And yet here is Elizabeth Warren, in blatant defiance of everything that my intuition and the facts tell me should be true. Here is a woman who defied Goliath on multiple occasions and became increasingly more powerful and influential with each encounter, win or lose. Here's a woman who has been in the closed off citadel of Washington D. It's enough to make you want to weep with relief. A Fighting Chance is a humble autobiography recounting in particular Warren's interactions with our political system as an academic, as a representative of the interests of middle class families, as an agent of the executive and de facto head of a government agency, and as a Congresswoman.
She shares details of her life along the way, highlighting her ordinariness and the degree to which her story is characteristic of the American experience as a whole and with so much to talk about keeps a book that's part biography and part policy remarkably organized and readable. She does so by sticking to her theme of fighting for what's right. Whether in the context of her responsibilities to her family, her students, to her community or to whole classes of people.
It's incredibly difficult not to like love Elizabeth Warren. She has a genuine quality about her in both speech and print that abounds with honesty and integrity. You just get a gut feeling that she's the real deal, that she cares, that she's human, and that she's just like you. She's a patient teacher and guide through the labyrinthine world of financial de regulation and her enthusiasm for her work is absolutely infectious the way your favorite and greatest teachers are.
You may not go in caring about financial regulation and bankruptcy law, but when you leave, you absolutely will. She's also a fantastic storyteller.
She had my eyes completely watered over when she talked about losing her dogs and smiling nearly ear-to-ear when she excitedly recounted her own election victory, the successful creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Board, or the memorable times she spent with her grandchildren. As an opponent of the financial sector, Warren has gained a falsely earned reputation among those on the right as being a socialist the famous catcall for anyone who believes government has an obligation to establish rules and make sure everyone plays fairly.
She clarifies her position in her book quite succinctly. She believes in capitalism. She believes in celebrating, rather than punishing success. The vast, vast majority of Democrats in general do. But capitalism and the free market don't work properly when people cheat. We don't have a capitalist system in America. We have crony capitalism. Businesses that make money bending rules and the ears of powerful people in the government while the ordinary small business owner or small corporation is forced to pay the taxes laid out in our tax code without the help of loopholes or subsidies.
The government shields certain industries and certain companies selectively and allows them to get away with things other companies and ordinary people could never dream to get away with. When she spoke to small business owners in Massachusetts to gain their vote, she lays it out. Because that's what "Democrats" do. Do you have a bank account in the Cayman islands? Do you have a lobbyist in Washington to get you subsidies at the expense of your competition? Then I'm not your enemy. They want small business owners to succeed and succeed without limit so long as people recognize how being part of a community contributes to all of our success and that they play by the same rules the rest of us play by.
There's a false dichotomy in American politics, an oversimplified narrative that says Republicans are good for business and Democrats are bad for business. Republicans don't like the workers and Democrats do. It's not that simple at all and there's plenty of evidence to the contrary on both sides in both statements. At the end of it all, I don't know how to feel.
I'm still incredibly pessimistic about the structure of our political system Warren is a personal hero of mine. And if she tells me that we can win the fight to end the influence of fat cats and make a system that is genuinely fair for all, I still find that I'm inclined to believe her. Thank you for being real and being you. Apr 24, Book rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , politics-economics.
This book tells her 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 page book includes the following six chapters: 1.
Choosing Battles, 2. The Bankruptcy Wars, 3. Bailing Out the Wrong People, 4. An Agency for the People, and 6. The Battle for the Senate. Positives: 1. Engaging, well-written memoir. Her personality shines through in the book. 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.
Readers will get an inside look at her life and gain a better understanding of what fuels this amazing woman. I could fight —not with my fists, but with my words. I was the anchor on the debate team.
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Motherhood and education. Warren brings you into her family. A very interesting look into her quest to understand bankruptcy. How the banking industry changed over time and why. Her quest to be fair to families. But they did propose changes — stacks and stacks of changes. 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. Some astounding facts. A look at the financial crisis of The real story behind the meltdown. Great insights.
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. Warren explains how Wall Street greed in essence was behind this whole mess. 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. The importance of the government to provide meaningful oversight to protect the public interest.
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. Some great examples of banks clearly taking advantage of the public. 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.
The politics involving the selection of the director of the new agency CFPB. Some of it is troubling. Great stuff! Photograph inserts. Notes included. Negatives: 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. Regarding predatory lending that targeted service members, name the banks involved. Shame on them!
Elizabeth Warren was too nice in her memoir. 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.
Jul 02, Linda Robinson rated it it was amazing. This book was shelved next to the book I just took back. I remembered where it was, and picked it up for the holiday weekend, and darn it, I read it in one day. Senator Warren writes just like she talks: enthusiastically, completely engaged, sincere. She didn't want to be in politics, she wanted to be a teacher-and that's what she was-and then Harry Reid called to see if she could come educate some folks about some stuff in Washington D. The rest is current history. The unraveling of bank law with the repeal of Glass-Steagall, in combination with tightening of bankruptcy laws leading up to the worst financial disaster in history, Dodd-Frank, the election of Barack Obama, and the mess of the Wall Street bailouts and the crooks who are still walking around, doing more of the same.
Subprime bundled derivatives are still being sold: different name, same high-yield danger. Elizabeth Warren thought she could make a difference in the lives of regular people. She is succeeding. We're all lucky to have her on our side. Apr 29, Lauris rated it it was amazing. Elizabeth Warren tells it like it is. In plain, straightforward language, she tells the truth about the mortgage crisis, the bank bailouts, the crumbling of the financial life of the everyday American family.
Warren is a fighter you want on your side. Dec 13, Juliana rated it it was amazing Shelves: memoir , business , biography , one-percenters , you-have-come-a-long-way-baby. I'm voting for Warren. May 08, Jimmy rated it it was amazing Shelves: political. What a great woman, what a great Senator. I feel guilty for every credit card I own. At least I have money in a small credit union. Medical problems, 2. Job loss, 3. Family breakup. The Fox News types tried to portray them as lazy cheaters.
Banks could make more money by giving credit to people who were in trouble. Those families became targeted by banks. Banking industry backed bills were already promoted in Con What a great woman, what a great Senator. Banking industry backed bills were already promoted in Congress before Ms.
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Coach Colson and Bobby Davis came to the center of the ring again, touched gloves again, squared off again. Davis changed his approach, too. Coach tried a front kick without connecting. I saw sweat working down his cheeks, saw his face growing redder. His mouth curled into a mocking grin. Suddenly, almost casually, he landed a gentle front kick, roundhouse kick combination, catching Coach first in the stomach, then in the ribs.
Where had that combination come from, and why had his stance improved so much? I sat forward, pressing an elbow against my leg, resting my chin on my fist, straining for a closer look. At least, finally, Davis seemed to be getting tired. I saw his hands drop to his sides. Coach obviously saw it, too, and saw his chance. He moved in. This time, before Coach could connect with the kick, Davis stepped lightly to the side.
When Coach came in for the jab, Davis stopped him with a soft, sweeping block. This was faster, more flowing, much more effective. And the slap looked too soft to hurt but seemed almost like an insult, almost like a dare. He stood up.
A slap? You wimp. Fight like a man! Davis nodded, one corner of his mouth nudging upward. Coach grinned at Davis, turned to us, and shrugged. But it was a big deal. They started up, and Coach moved in again, still with the same combination. This time, when Coach lifted his hand for the jab, Davis exploded with a precise, powerful side kick, catching Coach squarely in the armpit. I winced, imagining the pain. Gasping, Coach staggered backward, shaking his head numbly, exposing his throat. And Bobby Davis stepped forward deliberately and spun around. There was a second when I saw him clearly, saw his eyes careful and businesslike as he marked his target.
Then a spinning hook kick, then the impact between heel and throat, and then Davis stood squarely on the floor again, kick complete and perfect, stance solid, fists still lifted, practiced and ready. I know that. But I remember the sound anyway. Then, somehow, I was in the center circle, kneeling next to Coach, cradling his head in my arms.
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