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A Fighting Chance

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  8,559 Ratings  ·  1,260 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Metropolitan Books (first published April 15th 2014)
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Sean Barrett
Apr 24, 2014 Sean Barrett rated it it was amazing
I am an extremely skeptical realist. I went into this biography with a grain of salt and realized that it was already seasoned perfectly. Senator Warren is the ideal choice for leadership in American government. I believe that having a leader who reluctantly dove into the murky waters of politics (and perhaps a bit naively) but was tough and smart enough to stay afloat, and then build a boat and start pulling others on board is the exact person I would want to represent me. I would vote for Warr ...more
Vicar Sayeedi
Apr 25, 2014 Vicar Sayeedi rated it it was amazing
Batman, Spiderman and Superman all rolled in to one.

An indefatigable advocate for the ordinary American citizen, Senator Elizabeth Warren is the poster child for the incorruptible government official. Now, as the Senior Senator from Massachusetts and as the Chair of the Senate Banking Committee, Warren is in the right place to effect positive change for the Nation. This is very good news.

The bad news is that Senator Warren is one of only a handful of legislators in the US Congress willing to adv
Apr 25, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I started listening to this book at nine o'clock this morning. I've already cried three times and wonder how on earth I haven't found the time to go to law school. Right now I'm going to empty the contents of my wallet into an envelope and mail it to Senator Warren. I'm sure that whatever she is doing today, it's the right thing.
Apr 22, 2014 jeremy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir-bio, politics
that the daughter of an oklahoma telephone operator and a maintenance man would go on to become the first female senator of the commonwealth of massachusetts is, in and of itself, a compelling story. a fighting chance, however, beyond the inspiring tale of elizabeth warren's journey to the u.s. senate chamber, is also the narrative of a financial and political system rigged to favor the already wealthy and powerful at the expense of poor and middle-class families.

senator warren's memoir combines
Joe Valdez
May 02, 2015 Joe Valdez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs
A Fighting Chance is the fourth book by Elizabeth Warren, her first since the former Harvard law professor became a regular guest on The Daily Show, a darling of progressives, a first-term U.S. senator (D-MA) and a possible candidate for president (as of May 2015 she's stated repeatedly that she is not interested in running).

I apologize to those who dream of Goodreads remaining a safe zone from the contentious subjects of politics, religion or sex, unless being discussed in relation to Elizabet
Ron Moss
Apr 27, 2014 Ron Moss rated it it was amazing
I haven't liked a politician this much since Bobby Kennedy was assassinated. I was only eleven, but somehow I knew he was on my side. I also know that Elizabeth Warren is on my side. Now I am old enough to understand the details. Senator Warren's new book clearly explains why and how she is on the side of 99% of the American People and what she is trying to do to help.
Jun 07, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I’m an Elizabeth Warren fan girl. That’s why I went against my own guideline of not reading political memoirs to pick up A Fighting Chance.

So, um, let me just say I was super disappointed when I started A Fighting Chance. It was … flat. Uninspiring. Senator Warren painted this bizarre picture of a girl who just happened to fall into teaching at Harvard and getting a senate seat.

Look, Senator Warren, I think you’re great. Many people I know who disagree with you politically tend
Apr 26, 2014 Dan rated it it was amazing
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 2014.
Mal Warwick
May 15, 2014 Mal Warwick rated it it was amazing
Finally — a leading Democrat who understands that elections are won or lost on the basis of personal values. The same person whose gifted leadership led to the creation of the new federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that’s beginning to level the playing field between the public and the Wall Street banks.

Here is Elizabeth Warren getting down to the roots of the country’s current predicament: “I will be grateful to my mother and daddy until the day I die. They worked hard — really hard —
Jim Fromm
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
Jim Hiller
Apr 23, 2014 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!
Apr 24, 2014 Book rated it really liked it
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 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 334-page book i
Oct 24, 2014 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
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
Caroline Anna Bock
May 02, 2014 Caroline Anna Bock rated it it was amazing
I found Senator Elizabeth Warren’s new memoir, A FIGHTING CHANCE, so truthful it hurt. It hurt to be told the truth: The system is rigged for those who are wealthy and well-connected, a truth that doesn’t surprise, that isn’t exactly new, but is told in an eye-opening and refreshing, and at points, damn inspiring way.

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
Jul 08, 2015 Marla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Lauris Burns
Apr 29, 2014 Lauris Burns 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.
Jan 17, 2015 Darlene rated it it was amazing
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. I will admit straight away that I am a HUGE Elizabeth Warren fan! She captured my attention after the 2008 financial collapse when I saw her on television advocating for an agency created for the protection of consumers. She spoke plainly and eloquently; ...more
May 08, 2014 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.

When people were declaring bankruptcy, it was for 3 reasons in 90% of the cases: 1. 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
I'm voting for Warren.
May 05, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
I suspect by the subject and tone, that we'll be seeing Sen Warren in the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primaries. The book is an inspirational auto-biography, with the audio version read by the author. She gets choked up when talking about the loss of family, including her dogs. It was interesting to hear her perspective on the campaign scandals, and important events like Bankruptcy "reform", and the TARP. She states her positions clearly and articulately. I was impressed by how she got interest ...more
Linda Robinson
Jul 02, 2016 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.C. The rest is current history. The unraveling of bank law, ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linda by: Galley Cat
Elizabeth Warren is singing my song, so of course I loved this book. From the moment I first saw her (I think on a Dr. Phil program) I've loved her feisty spirit and attempts to make comprehensible parts of life in the U.S. such as mortgages and loans. If we could get more like her in the Senate, perhaps there would be equity and compassion for the average person just trying to pay the bills and put a little aside. After all, it is the government of the people and by the people, not over the peo ...more
Aug 10, 2016 Jo rated it liked it
Elizabeth Warren is a hero and a goddess and parts of the book were very interesting. but for the most part she's only a decent writer and it read like a long campaign speech especially the second half.
Vannessa Anderson
Dec 24, 2014 Vannessa Anderson rated it it was amazing
A Fighting Chance was a story of struggle not unlike the struggles of many families of yesteryear and present day.

I needed to set my sights realistically. It was harder for a woman with a college education to find a husband. Find a husband was clearly the goal for any young girl and I was a pretty iffy candidate.

I admired Elizabeth Warren before I read A Fighting Chance. Now, after reading A Fighting Chance, I’m team Elizabeth Warren! Instead of giving up, she kicked stumbling blocks to the sid
Jul 26, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it
I'm not quite sure what motivated me to read this book. Perhaps it was because the mid-term election campaigning is in full swing, howling with distortions, out of context quotes and outright lies. Perhaps it was the ongoing egregious behavior of investment banks and their ilk on Wall Street that pulled at me. Maybe it was the simple fact that she is my state’s U.S. Senator. I just don’t know. But when I saw her book cover image staring at me from the display at my local library (Westfield MA At ...more
Dec 11, 2016 Conor rated it it was amazing
This book is the first I've "read" since the Election of 2016 to have breathed onto the pale embers of hope I have for our country and to have found some faint glimmer of light persevering there.

Back in 2011 when I was considering law schools, I got a call from a 3L at Harvard who was trying to pitch me on its merits. He was impressive, but not the finest salesman: he was perhaps too honest (he straight up told me that NYU had better clinics, not even attempting to qualify the statement); and h
All I knew about Elizabeth Warren before I listened to this (she reads the book herself)was she beat Scott Brown for Teddy Kennedy's seat in the Senate, and she creates great sound bites.

I didn't know she's been studying and researching the effects of bankruptcy on families, and the machinations of the big banks, and the traps we in the middle class fall into in our almost-impossible quest to live a debt-free life...for over 20 years. She's written books I didn't know about, including one with h
Apr 21, 2014 Rosebud rated it really liked it
What can I say about giving a politician's book a 4-star rating? Just that this woman is not your typical politician. Elizabeth Warren was born the same year as me, and I couldn't help but see parallels in our lives. Early in this book, I told Jim she was a lot like a bolder me. As she walked to give a speech on the Senate floor, she reflected on the young girl she had been in Oklahoma and the woman she had become. She experienced many struggles in life, but has retained or idealism and optimism ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone interested in reclaiming and reviving American democracy
One of the biggest takeaways for me: Plutocracy cannot triumph when the people understand the wool the corporate puppet masters are trying to pull over their eyes.

Elizabeth Warren's genius -- and she IS in that category -- is first in being a fighter herself, refusing to give in -- aka, a definite passion for the people -- egalitarian inside and out; and second, in that she's a brilliant law professor with a talent for understanding the complexity of the financial world and making it clear and s
This was very powerful stuff. And it was made even more powerful because the author was reading her own words. I felt the passion that she felt in what she believes as her fight. I was in awe of just how brilliant this woman was. I didn't follow her senate race too closely, but I know a big deal was made about the fact that whew as Harvard Law professor, and she was. But, what I didn't know was how humble root began. How many times she had to fight to get where she was.

It all just really made he
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Elizabeth Warren (born 1949) is an American academic and politician, and the current senior U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and a Democrat. She is the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School -- where she taught contract law, bankruptcy, and commercial law -- and devoted much of the past three decades to studying the economics of middle class families. In the wake of the 2008-9 financia ...more
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