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This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  4,508 ratings  ·  692 reviews

The fiery U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and bestselling author offers a passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it

Senator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America’s middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become one of the country’s

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Metropolitan Books
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Glenda Warren's book is social commentary as well as a treatise on modern politics. However, the book is also about the past. It's a chronicle of political d…moreWarren's book is social commentary as well as a treatise on modern politics. However, the book is also about the past. It's a chronicle of political dealmaking from the past as well as a book about past political policies. Politics is history, and Warren approaches it as such, from the New Deal that birthed the modern middle class to Ronald Reagan's trickle down economics that continues to trample the middle class. (less)
Carol This book is about the state of the country under our current administration. She does repeat some anecdotes from her past, but they are appropriate t…moreThis book is about the state of the country under our current administration. She does repeat some anecdotes from her past, but they are appropriate to the context.(less)

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Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: political
Going to re-read and completely digest this book, and memorize some parts then I will write a review. This country, especially now needs more men and women like her. I can hope, can't I? ...more
Joe Valdez
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
I bought This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class because I'm settling on a U.S. presidential candidate to volunteer for. My mom's experience volunteering for Beto O'Rourke's Texas Senate campaign showed me how rewarding that experience can be (and also got me a cool T-shirt). With California moving its primary up to March 2020, the Golden State will finally help decide who the Democratic nominee will be and I want to help the candidate who best represents my interests ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
"Consider this MY warning: We won’t be silent. We will speak out. And we WILL persist." (Elizabeth Warren at the Senate confirmation hearings for Attorney General Jeff Sessions 2/8/2017.)

If we hope to save the middle class in this country, it appears we are going to have to do battle with the super-rich and corporations. Trump, who made campaign promises that sounded good to many people, now seems to be trying to push through healthcare, tax cuts and deregulation of Wall Street rules that will b
Diane S ☔
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
At present, I have absolutely no idea whom I'm going to vote for in next year's election. I do, however, know who I'm not going to vote for in that election. Right now Warren seems to be leading in the polls Soni thought I'd read her book and see what she has to say. A funny thing happened though as I was listening to this audiobook. Her voice sounded exactly like my sister in laws, which made it kind of strange.

Warren herself comes across as knowledgeable, earnest, and in fighting spirit. In al
I'm not into nonfiction, but I will most definitely read this book. More people need to support Warren. What an inspiring soul she is. ...more
Betsy Robinson
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This past Saturday I went back to my hometown for my 50th high school reunion. When I lived there it was a tiny village and many of my graduating class of about 70 had known each other since first grade. A guy I’ve stayed in touch with, Doug, picked me up at the train station and proceeded to give me a tour, with such detailed understanding of the architecture, layout, relationships between families, and therefore the history of change that I felt as if I was meeting where I’d lived for the firs ...more
Connie G
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm reading some of the books written by people hoping for a nomination in the Presidential race. I have no idea who I'll vote for in the primary yet so I'm not trying to favor any particular person, but just give some interesting information from the books.

Elizabeth Warren, a current Senator from Massachusetts and a former Harvard Law professor, is concerned about policies that are hurting the middle class. She tells about the experiences of her working class family in Oklahoma. After her fathe
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars

It’s difficult to read this book and not be overcome with rage at what politicians and billionaires have done to the citizens in America. If not for the corrupt scamming the middle class and below, financially many people in our country would be better off. It’s infuriating how much we have been fucked over, time and time again. I’m glad that Warren fights for us, but in reading this I felt almost deflated. It feels like David and Goliath, but I can’t see David winning anytime soon wi
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a law professor and a Senator, Elizabeth Warren has proven to be a fighter for the middle class. Her new book is a tough mined book but is only a partial blueprint for progressive political revival. It is more of a wake-up call to action. She acknowledges the Democratic Party failed to step up and fight in the past. The book is blunt and an impassioned plea to action.

She names the names of government officials she claims serve industry rather than the American people. Warren states that big
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would give this book 10 stars if that were an option.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading Elizabeth Warren's first book "A Fighting Chance", I was anxious to read her second one "This Fight is Our Fight" It didn't disappoint although some of the biographical information was also in her first book. This book was a sequel to the first bringing us up to date on all the inside machinations that have been going on to rig the American economy in favor of the 1%. It also tells us what efforts are being made to fight the Trump/Republican agenda. For anyone who wants to protect ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you care about America, you need to read Senator Warren's "This Fight is Our Fight". It is extremely insightful and eye-opening as to what is really going on in Washington with Big Money. We are on the the verge of no-turning back, of becoming a true oligarchy, and if we want to save our democracy we must put up a fight NOW. Senator Warren is passionate, intelligent, extremely knowledgeable, courageous, caring, and a true leader. This is an important book for every American to read, no matter ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I really wish we could do different sets of stars for books like Warren's:
• Content (what is the book about?): 5 stars - saving the middle class of America
• Coherency of ideas (did she explain her thoughts well?): 5 stars - detailing the tilt of how laws started to favor the wealthy and how we can tilt it back
• Writing style (were the content and coherency conveyed in a manner that wasn't irritating?): 3 stars

This book is not entirely about Senator Warren's years in public office and what she h
Tom Quinn
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
When Warren sticks to her talking points she makes an impassioned case for real and practical change. But when she tries to be relatable and folksy, talking about having a beer with her husband and watching reality TV, it is more embarassing than endearing. She quickly pivots after too long an introduction, though, and relays a clear, lucid—though not at all succinct—history of the rise of government regulation under FDR (and the economic prosperity it spurred) then the dismantling thereof under ...more
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Elizabeth Warren. I love her story, her commitment, her passion and her politics. I hope she is our next President. This analysis of how trickle down economics has devastated the American Middle Class and about how she thinks the election of Trump will make things much worse, made me only want her to be President more. Before you troll me because you don't share my politics, read the book and listen to the stories of shattered lives it tells. Many of the people I grew up with in the forme ...more
Diane S ☔
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
Thoughts soon.
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
As I read this book, the same thought kept running through my head over and over. I kept thinking, she is absolutely right! We were raised around the same time, in the same country, we came from the same socioeconomic class, and that is exactly the way things were. We were basically only limited from reaching our potential by our drive and determination, and nothing else. In my own parent's family the stability of a good union job, good public schools, and affordable state colleges, led to my si ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sen. Warren explains in plain English why things are so much worse now for ordinary Americans than they were a few decades ago when she was young. And she outlines what can be done about it: namely the things we used to do that worked very well to make the American Dream a real thing for millions of people in the middle class. (Spoiler: the answer is NOT government by for and of the billionaires.)

For people wasting time on books that supposedly explain the 2016 election, I would recommend this
Erica Clou
I love this book because it does a perfect job of explaining why I'm a liberal on the economics side of the equation. It's more of a policy book than a memoir and you'll get a sense of exactly where she stands on everything except foreign policy because, let's face it, neither party has a cohesive foreign policy right now.

It's clear that Warren has toughened up a lot over the years, especially since joining the Senate in 2013. She's not interested in taking any bullshit anymore. I wasn't initial
I got halfway through this when I just realized I couldn't anymore. I like Elizabeth Warren. She has a good reading voice. She has very strong convictions. She's very angry about the status quo and it shows. And she'll get you angry about it too.

But I'm already mad about the lack of America's investment in infrastructure and research, banking practices, student loan debt, the minimum wage, and that was only in the first half of the book. There were just too many personal stories of tragedy, peo
Dan Graser
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
As campaign books go, this was actually mostly enjoyable and Senator Warren and her writing team are to be given credit for that. There are some hugely broad strokes taken with economic history and having presented climate change as the greatest threat to our society at the moment, she confesses to not having many solutions. However, the urgency in the language and the depth of feeling for several issues, mainly the struggle of America's middle class, certainly comes across as genuine and heartf ...more
I enjoy the opportunity to read books from all persuasions. Senator Warren’s book provided a good overview of the twisted worldview of socialists.

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, though so-called progressives like Senator Warren don’t seem to get it.

Throughout the book she blames economic problems in bad actors in the private sector when she misses the primary mover of the problem: government. While she believes government can solve problems, and she no doubt has the best of intentions,
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"We stood up in different places and we spoke out in different ways, but we made it clear that we believe in basic human dignity."

Five stars for Elizabeth Warren and her outstanding passion to insist that our government work not just for some Americans, but for ALL Americans.

This is a difficult book to read. Warren begins by recounting how her mother's minimum wage job at Sears saved her family from losing their home when she was a teenager, but that the same couldn't be said today. In fact, pe
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was sent this book as a thank you for a donation I made, and figured I might as well give it a go. I'm glad I did.

Warren does a really nice job laying out the history of policies that affect the middle class in the United States and explaining the bills and initiatives she supports in a way that makes sense. The book is not just a campaign speech (although it certainly is that) but also a history and civics lesson. I definitely learned from reading it and appreciated the connections she drew b
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to
This is a tough book to review. I mean, I agree with most everything she said. But she mostly pointed out issues that were extremely obvious and offered no real solutions. However, solutions aren't really her forte. She is best as a watchdog. She's great at sounding the alarm. But it's all for stuff I have been woke on for months.

I'm glad she's in the Senate. I think that's the perfect place for her. She's great at making the sausage. I hope she never runs for president though. If you thought th
Will Fuqua
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't think this book was intended for me or anyone else who follows the news and policy issues at all. Its basically a collection of folksy anecdotes and "look at how awful Republicans are" (which I generally agree with), but without any convincing arguments. This reads more like a book aimed at marginal Trump supporters who don't really pay attention to the news. I'm not sure they're going to read an Elizabeth Warren book so I'm skeptical as to how effective this would be. ...more
I would follow Elizabeth Warren into battle. This book is just her talking about the economic issues that piss her off and why Trump is a punk bitch, and I relate to that deeply.
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book!
David Baer
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Among my limited circle of friends and acquaintances, one has only to say "Elizabeth Warren" to secure a mocking smirk or two.

Why is this: it is because 45 has successfully branded her with his beyond-idiotic label. We are all hypnotized to consider her a joke of some sort. I realized this some way into the book, without it ever having come up in the text to that point.

Because Warren is no joke, and what she has to say is deeply important.

To summarize some key points:
- the early history of Ameri
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is part memoir, part rallying cry. I read it because Sen. Warren is running for US president, and I wanted to understand her background and her policy views. I agree with almost everything she advocates for here, especially her vigorous cry against income inequality and how the current system gives more power to the already powerful. She argues that the US government used to work for the people, but now it works for corporations and rich people, and I totally agree. She makes a persuas ...more
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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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“The next time you drive into a Walmart parking lot, pause for a second to note that this Walmart—like the more than five thousand other Walmarts across the country—costs taxpayers about $1 million in direct subsidies to the employees who don’t earn enough money to pay for an apartment, buy food, or get even the most basic health care for their children. In total, Walmart benefits from more than $7 billion in subsidies each year from taxpayers like you. Those “low, low prices” are made possible by low, low wages—and by the taxes you pay to keep those workers alive on their low, low pay. As I said earlier, I don’t think that anyone who works full-time should live in poverty. I also don’t think that bazillion-dollar companies like Walmart ought to funnel profits to shareholders while paying such low wages that taxpayers must pick up the ticket for their employees’ food, shelter, and medical care. I listen to right-wing loudmouths sound off about what an outrage welfare is and I think, “Yeah, it stinks that Walmart has been sucking up so much government assistance for so long.” But somehow I suspect that these guys aren’t talking about Walmart the Welfare Queen. Walmart isn’t alone. Every year, employers like retailers and fast-food outlets pay wages that are so low that the rest of America ponies up a collective $153 billion to subsidize their workers. That’s $153 billion every year. Anyone want to guess what we could do with that mountain of money? We could make every public college tuition-free and pay for preschool for every child—and still have tens of billions left over. We could almost double the amount we spend on services for veterans, such as disability, long-term care, and ending homelessness. We could double all federal research and development—everything: medical, scientific, engineering, climate science, behavioral health, chemistry, brain mapping, drug addiction, even defense research. Or we could more than double federal spending on transportation and water infrastructure—roads, bridges, airports, mass transit, dams and levees, water treatment plants, safe new water pipes. Yeah, the point I’m making is blindingly obvious. America could do a lot with the money taxpayers spend to keep afloat people who are working full-time but whose employers don’t pay a living wage. Of course, giant corporations know they have a sweet deal—and they plan to keep it, thank you very much. They have deployed armies of lobbyists and lawyers to fight off any efforts to give workers a chance to organize or fight for a higher wage. Giant corporations have used their mouthpiece, the national Chamber of Commerce, to oppose any increase in the minimum wage, calling it a “distraction” and a “cynical effort” to increase union membership. Lobbyists grow rich making sure that people like Gina don’t get paid more. The” 10 likes
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