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A Fighting Chance

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  14,103 ratings  ·  1,789 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 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 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 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. ...more
Joe Valdez
May 02, 2015 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
Apr 22, 2014 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
Rachel Reads Ravenously
5 stars!

“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
Jun 07, 2014 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
Whitney Atkinson
DNF around 50%

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.
Ron Moss
Apr 27, 2014 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. ...more
Apr 26, 2014 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. ...more
Barbara (The Bibliophage)
Elizabeth Warren is a fighter, whether in her personal life or for middle class Americans. From the very beginning of her law career, she’s been researching and making a difference for regular folks like you and me.

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
Mal Warwick
May 15, 2014 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. 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
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked her discussions to help me understand personal finances and debts.
desmond e
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2020
Rating: 4 stars
Reading Time: 8 hours and 29 minutes
Format: Audiobook


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

Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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... until i reached the last few pages which held me from giving this book 5 stars. 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 ...more
Caroline Bock
May 02, 2014 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 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
Oct 24, 2014 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
//2020 Update:
--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
Erica Clou
This was approximately 15-20% memoir, 75% policy (which I loved), and 10% about her dogs.

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.
Jim Hiller
Apr 23, 2014 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! ...more
Apr 24, 2014 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
Linda Robinson
Jul 02, 2016 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. We may remember that Harry Reid asked Professor Warren t ...more
Donald Powell
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I rarely read all of the footnotes. This book has dozens of pages of them. There is a whole other book in the footnotes. Ms. Warren proves her wonkiness in the notes and proves she is a natural teacher. The notes alone are as good as many texts and history books.

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
May 08, 2014 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
Apr 29, 2014 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.
I'm voting for Warren. ...more
May 05, 2014 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
Feisty Harriet
I'm 100% with Liz Warren for President. And this book, her style, her passion, her drive, and her overarching goals of fighting FOR the middle class instead of against them made me even more convinced that this is a woman I want in charge.

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.
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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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