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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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“When you have no real power, go public -- really public. The public is where the real power is.”
As we approach 2020, I’ve been doing my best to study up on the Democratic nominees (because no, I will not be voting for Trump). I decided to listen to the audiobook version of this book, and I am really glad I decided to do that. I’ve never been one for economics, math, anything under that umbrella. And yet I found this book to be completely fascinating.
In this book, Warren gives a pa ...more
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 ...more
I don't think this is a horrible book, but I was in way over my head. I don't know anything about the economy crashes of the early 2000s and I don't have a mortgage or even a credit card, so all of this, I think, is for an audience that isn't me. I love Elizabeth Warren, but I think I'll be waiting for a different book of hers that appeals to me in another way because this one was a snooze. ...more
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.S. economics is stacked against the 99%. Listening to her tell the ...more
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 — ...more
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 ...more
Reading Time: 8 hours and 29 minutes
I decided that I was going to be a responsible voter, and read (listen) to the audiobooks of some of the presidential candidates that I like. I started with Warren's book, because she is already my favorite, and this book did not disappoint. Listening to her story, and how she came to be where she is at today was so inspiring and made me love her even more. The only reason I'm only giving it five stars is that one of the chap...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
--I was too soft on this "Capitalist to my bones" former Republican, as Warren has proved in both the 2016 and now 2020 elections to be much more willing to fall in line with the corporate Democrat establishment in their failing bids with the "lesser-of-two-evils" strategy than to strengthen the progressive opposition (i.e. Bernie/Tulsi in the elections. There is much to be done outside electoral politics especially considering how rigged the process is with the DNC/lobbying/corpo ...more
I really liked this book because it cleared up a lot of questions I have about her. A lot of it was about the evils of the bank lobbying industry and the "snake oil salesmen" in the banking industry.
It stops right after she becomes a Senator for Massachusetts, so I'm interested in reading her second memoir as well. ...more
“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 ...more
As a biography it is warm, funny, moving and real. She is a caring, incredibly hard working, brilliant and yet normal person. She is a rare person of exemplary principle and character. I am very glad to have read this wonderful little bo ...more
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 ...more
This book covers her childhood, career, and ends with (spoiler!) being elected as a Senator from Massachusetts. I can't wait to see her become President. ...more