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Elizabeth Warren: Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life.

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"Nevertheless, she persisted." These three words became an inspiring battle cry across the United States in 2017, but the woman to whom they refer has been fighting passionately all her life. Raised in a tough working-class home in Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren went on to become a revered scholar, law professor, U.S. Senator, and unlikely political star.

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Sourcebooks
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Koalafications Warren first came to my attention in 2008 (years before she became a senator in 2012), during the post-bailout congressional hearings where she was…moreWarren first came to my attention in 2008 (years before she became a senator in 2012), during the post-bailout congressional hearings where she was relentlessly grilling officeholders of *both* parties about where the money went. We all know Washington is corrupt, but to see someone expertly telling them that IN Washington- right to their red, flustered faces- and a WOMAN, no less!- was thrilling. I'd never seen anything like that before.(less)

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Jean
I have been attempting to read about each of the people running for president. I have read most of the books by Elizabeth Warren (1949--), but this is the first biography about her I have read. I have read other biographies by Antonia Felix and have noted she writes equally about women leaders from both parties.

The book is well written and researched. The book cover Warren’s early life, her family life, education and work including her research. Senator Warren comes off as a fighter
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Michelle
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Elizabeth Warren: Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life.” (2018) authored by Antonia Felix, honors the career and life work of this outspoken champion for the middle class. There hasn’t been such influential politician since LBJ and his “War on Poverty” that has made the tireless commitment to advocate for the diminishing middle class and vast economic inequality that has shaped the fabric of American life and culture.

The youngest of four children from Oklahoma City, OK.-- Elizabeth had bee
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Karen Nelson
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly the best biography written this year, Elizabeth Warren is simply a fascinating read about a fascinating woman. Well researched and smoothly written, this biography shows the reader why Senator Warren speaks for us all. A great legal mind, she started out as a lower middle class high schooler with great debate skills. I am proud to call her a fellow Speech Language Pathologist, even though, sadly for us, she didn't remain in the profession.
The book shows the struggle of being fema
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Koalafications
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Note to "reviewers" leaving one star because they actually believe the made-up Facebook memes about Warren instead of bothering to do their own research and, y'know, read books: This site is called "Goodreads," not "Goodplacetopostnegativereviewswithoutactuallyreadingthebook."

Author Antonia Felix has written books on women in politics from all ends of the political spectrum, from Condoleezza Rice, to Sonia Sotomayor, to Michelle Obama, to Laura Bush. Now Elizabeth Warren gets her tre
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P
Jul 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is not a biography, it's a hagiography. Written about a shameless fraud. Terrible.
KOMET
This is a biography of one of the most remarkable political leaders in the United States to emerge in the past decade. Elizabeth Warren, born into a working class family in Oklahoma, is the embodiment of what has come to be known as the American Dream. By dint of sheer hard work and scholarship, she earned a university degree and a law degree, all while raising a family. She went on to teach law at Rutgers University, the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin, the University o ...more
Jamie
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This? Is not a balanced look at Senator Warren. It’s written through a very loving lens, which is fine, just be aware. Overall, the book did a great job with the biographical details and how she became such a dogged fighter for the middle class, although I think the book should have spent much more time on her senate run. The author ended the book a little awkwardly; it seemed rushed to finish right as Warren’s role as one of Trump’s most vocal opponents was evolving, but that can be forgiven fo ...more
Donald Powell
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: government, biography
This is a wonderful biography of a national hero. There are many who want to label her and vilify her but I challenge those people to read this book. She has come to her beliefs and passions as a result of research, learning, experience and study. She is a thoughtful, logical, caring person with amazing energy and desire to make things better for average people. She is not the enemy of anyone, she just wants to level the field and for everyone to play fair.
Shabbeer Hassan
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, biographies, murica
A well-written book on the life of Elizabeth Warren also hailed as the champion of American middle class. Coming from a low-income household, Warren youngest of four children from Oklahoma City, she has fought her way through to the top echelons of American political decision-making. Its never easy to break into the glass ceiling of American politics dominated by alpha males, but her life shines like a beacon for every other woman to do the same and change the male-dominated arena.

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MM Suarez
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audibles
Audible - Narrated by Suzie Althens 8 hrs 20 mins

Engaging, enlightening and beautifully narrated by Ms. Althens, and no matter what side of the political divide you stand on, it would be hard to deny Elizabeth Warren's intelligence, accomplishments and her dedication to what is clearly her mission.
Max Gordon
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Elizabeth Warren before I read this book, and love her even more now.
Bob
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
Summary: A biography of the Democrat U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, from the financial struggles of her family, her academic life and the research that changed her life, and her work protecting consumers that led to her Senate run.

"She persisted." These words became a rallying cry when Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a letter from Coretta Scott King during the confirmation hearings of Jeff Session to the cabinet office of Attorney General. The letter spoke to Mrs. King's contention tha
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Karen Parisot
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I learned so much about Elizabeth Warren reading this book. She’s super smart, gives her all to whatever she sets out to do, and is a passionate champion of the middle class. The book is eye opening and revelatory. We sorely need more people like her in public office. The author has done her homework and has done an excellent job telling Senator Warren’s remarkable story. I sincerely hope a lot of people will read this book. As Thomas Jefferson said, "An educated citizenry is a vital requisite f ...more
Robert Stevens
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Senator Elizabeth Warren; however, all I really knew of her prior to this biography was of her campaign and her time in the Senate. Being a teacher myself, I greatly enjoyed hearing about her teaching. Additionally, I understand what happened in her life to lead her to where she is now, launching an exploratory committee to run in the 2020 presidential election.

This book also was the catalyst to get me to order Senator Warren’s two recent books, which I cannot wait to read.
C.a. Anderson
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Excellent book on Elizabeth Warren. It details her family and her rise into politics. Sharp, smart, and fierce woman. Well written on a remarkable woman. Worth the read.
Marcus Kaye
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, I like her even more now.
Kent Winward
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bankruptcy lawyers are the best. I preferred Warren's own book, but this was a nice little biographic refresher.
Veronica
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to admit I did not know very much about Elizabeth Warren when I requested this book for review. As it turns out, I am very glad I did choose her biography. The book details her childhood and development into the powerhouse she is today. At a time when women were expected to go with the flow of society's expectation of their secondary role, Elizabeth Warren had her own views and goals for her life. There were times that her career path took the back burner but it is impossible to keep such ...more
Mike Clay
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thought I would learn more about Warren prior to her announcing her candidacy, which she did on Dec 31. I knew very little about her. Her background is humble, born 1949 the fourth child of middle-class parents Pauline and Donald Jones Herring. They moved to OK city, and her father had a heart attack when she was 12. This was a financial strain, and her mother returned to work at Montgomery Wards the next year. She herself started working as a teenager. Her high school years were marked by her p ...more
Tom Hartung
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-politicians
Elizabeth Warren, Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life. is a biography of Elizabeth Warren written by Antonia Felix. Published in 2018, it covers her entire life, starting with some background information about her parents, and continuing up until the very recent past.

Elizabeth Warren, Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life. is one of the nearly twenty books about politicians I read in the summer of 2019 while researching a book about incumbents, candidates, and other politicians. I am giving the book 4 of/>
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MJ
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: strong-female
P 33 Before industrialization women were equal partners in the economy of the family, making everything from scratch... This work was indispensable to life and not considered beneath other occupations done by white men. Only when industrialization redefined the value of work as that which made a monetary profit for the business owners did this status change. As industries began making the products that had been the woman’s domain- and for the most part shut women out of those factories or paid t ...more
Lisa  Carlson
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Lisa by: local library
Shelves: politics
Minnesota playwright, teacher, short fiction and nonfiction writer Antonia Felix presents the life of law professor, advisor and current United States Senator-D from Massachusetts in the excellent Elizabeth Warren; Her Fight, Her Work and Her Life (pp. 359). Perhaps more than any other current Presidential candidate (2020) Warren signifies the phrase "never give up" better than most. When her mother told her she'd better marry a man to take care of her and forget about being a teacher; Warren pe ...more
Christine Kayser
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize when I grabbed this off the shelf at the library that it was a book *about* Elizabeth Warren and not written *by* her, so that was a little bit of a bummer. However, the author is clearly a great researcher and journalist. I enjoyed learning more about our new presidential candidate. It was especially interesting to read on the heels of reading Kamala Harris's book (which I loved) and the first Democratic debates.

The major negative for the book is just how far back the author g
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Cozy Cat Reviews
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am reading all books written by women Senators so I was thankful to receive this for review from the publisher and Net Galley. Thank you for the opportunity. My opinions are my own. The path of a woman Senator is never easy in today's white male dominated Congress patriarchy so I was fascinated to read the background and history of Senator Warren. Having read many other books about women Senators I find their struggles inspiring.

This is a excellent book with much information about the amazing
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Jennifer
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm not one for political books usually, but I'm reading political books, memoirs, and biographies lately in order to learn more about differing political views. I came away very impressed at all that Elizabeth Warren had done in her life, for all she has fought for, and for the stands she has made. This biographical look at her life to date doesn't shy away from any controversy (including the native American claims that bother so many people).

What surprised me was how hard she fough
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Amber Taylor
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Warren is an impressive woman! This biography was very thorough but never boring. It was interesting to learn about her journey from gifted debater to Senator of Massachusetts. In times when politics seems like a club for only those from the American aristocracy, it is refreshing to have a representative who actually has first-hand experiences with the issues Americans commonly face, including job loss, lower incomes, divorce, and the pursuit of education. Her experience doing most of ...more
Bimal Patel
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Elizabeth Warren by Antonia Felix can be classified as a brief biography of Elizabeth Warren with considerable pages devoted to Warren's work in the field of consumer financial protection. You can almost get a clear picture of the field of Consumer Financial Protection work if you are not familiar with it by reading this book. The material is built on the books Warren authored and co-authored with her daughter and other law professors while she was teaching at various law schools.
As far as the
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Jeanne
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've always been impressed with Elizabeth Warren's fight for the middle-class and women issues and this biography solidified my thoughts. While some think of her as a radical leftist, she is really a "fervent capitalist" just with safety nets to protect people. If you only read page 192, you can understand what her battles are for. The book also helps explain how deregulation has created "shareholder capitalism". The corporate shareholders take precedence over the workers. I have seen this happe ...more
Mary Etta
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Well-researched. The author apparently used interviews of Elizabeth Warren’s friends, coworkers, relatives, contemporaries but apparently has not interviewed Warren. Balanced in exposing challenges Warren will encounter going forward, particularly her claim to Native American heritage. Reminds me of the family lore many encounter some of which turns out to be valid, others not and still others not verifiable with current written records. That doesn’t mean the lore has no basis in fact. I’ve foun ...more
Mary
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished, 2018
Antonia Felix is a fan of Elizabeth Warren's. So am I. (I was wearing a shirt that has "Nevertheless She Persisted" written on it the day I started reading the book.) The difference is I'm not writing a biography of her. The book is a glowing representation of Warren. Those who are opposed to her politics will not enjoy this book.

It is a very thorough representation of her resume but it lacks the elements of a biography that make the subject more real, more human. It doesn't show her for the co
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