Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Persist” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


4.42  ·  Rating details ·  678 ratings  ·  125 reviews
The inspiring, influential senator and bestselling author mixes vivid personal stories with a passionate plea for political transformation.

Elizabeth Warren is a beacon for everyone who believes that real change can improve the lives of all Americans. Committed, fearless, and famously persistent, she brings her best game to every battle she wages.

In Persist, Warren writes a
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 4th 2021 by Metropolitan Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Persist, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Persist

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.42  · 
Rating details
 ·  678 ratings  ·  125 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Persist
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I purchased and read this book. I say that because there are ratings from people who did not, one-stars from pathetic partisans abusing the ratings system to make a political point, five-stars from those trying to offset them. For me it's a hard book to rate because the number of stars depends entirely on how much you know and care about Elizabeth Warren's life from childhood through and beyond her campaign for President (the capital P is back).

I'd give it three stars only because I knew a lot o
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
haven't read this yet. rating it already to compensate for the anonymous jerk account who is giving it a low rating without reading it either. ...more
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm with Crystal on this one... ...more
Susan Tunis
May 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god, she's so wonderful! She would have been an amazing president! Why can't we have nice things?

I listened to the audiobook, read very personably by the Senator herself. She does talk some about her presidential campaign, her defeat, and it's end, while also insisting, "This isn't a campaign memoir." And, she's right. Persist is far more than that.

Within the text, she tells stories from her life, and often uses them as jumping off points for discussions of policy or issues. Among the topi
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Warren is brilliant and the fact that some of you all are so pathetic as to disparage her book that you are seemingly incapable of reading is just sad.
Donald Powell
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love Elizabeth Warren. She engages in a process of thought starting with gathering the real facts. She then evaluates the issue with objective discernment, always thinking about what is "right" and what is less than that. She then intellectually formulates a plan and double checks it with the less intellectual analysis. There is no better system for governing. She is brilliant, caring, thoughtful, creative and, in my opinion, Christian. She is a very balanced person with a great sense of famil ...more
Betsy Robinson
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don't have kids and have never dealt with the difficulty of getting good, affordable childcare, but by the end of the first chapter of Persist, I cared so passionately about national childcare that, typing this sentence while eating a carrot, I got excited enough to swallow the wrong way and had to lurch from my desk to open my airway.

How is it possible to explain the tax code, tax deductions, and how business is constantly subsidized by all of us (aka socialized wealth distribution; what peo
Camryn Hicks
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In true Elizabeth Warren fashion, she doesn’t waste a moment of this book resting on her laurels after a historic presidential campaign- she knows there is too much to be done. This book is the updated and expanded version of her iconic presidential stump speech that so seamlessly wove her personal story with her signature plans for a more fair and just America. Of course, we already know Elizabeth as our beloved billionaire antagonist, fierce legislator, and consumer advocate, but this is the b ...more
Georgette Becker
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm with Crystal .... ...more
Ellen Sciales
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Warren masterfully crafted Persist by weaving together personal stories and legislative policy to create a truly compelling, educational and visionary book. I'd highly recommend Persist to anyone who's looking for hope and heart, and for those who want to understand policy through personal narratives. My biggest takeaway – Elizabeth Warren has had one hell of a life and is a one of a kind woman and author. ...more
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read. I’m saddened even more that she’s not our President. Incredible!
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I went into this with an extreme bias, because I think Elizabeth Warren is brilliant and wonderful and the best of us. That being said, this book was still somehow better than I expected. Persist had this perfect mix of policy, her experience on the presidential campaign trail, and some new stories from her life. I really enjoyed reading A Fighting Chance, because it was full of her lived experiences that wowed me a bit. Wistfully, I was hoping for a bit more of that in future books, so I was mo ...more
Sandi Banks
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An excellent sharing of Elizabeth Warren’s ideas of improving the United States in format of different roles she has had in life.
I like the way she blended her experiences with detailed ways to meet the challenges the average person faces.
Warren is an excellent planner, a avid learner and an articulate writer. I found this book be informative, but personal enough that I did not feel bogged down in policy.

Matias Hauge
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Told through anecdotes from Warren's own life and presidential campaign, we hear about today's many societal problems in America - and how to fix them. The author is undoubtedly a great storyteller, talking about politics in a personal manner and mapping out an ideal future worth fighting for.

Hearing this audiobook was an absolute joy, in great deal thanks to Warren's unmatched ability to energize and enthrall her audience. Her deeply rooted enthusiasm shines through and it doesn't feel like she
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a quite accessible, well sourced, and touchingly personal book — the main focus is Warren’s policy vision for the country. Although she does make statistical arguments, etc, I found the highlights to be the stories from voters, other political leaders, and her own life that underline the policy. A pretty fun, interesting read, would definitely recommend if you like progressive policy, want to better understand the argument for said policy, or are a fan of Warren and politicians like her.
Morgan Sperry
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Persist encouraged me to think critically about what to do after a tough loss and how to organize around a policy agenda. I also learned more about Senator Warren's personal trajectory and mindset, from childhood to marriage(s) to law professor days and time spent on the campaign trail. It made me laugh and it made me cry. It's a great read to 1. find inspiration for the many fights ahead and 2. learn more about the policies that could transform our country. ...more
Tori - Novel Life
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars - Non Fiction

So glad I picked up this book. I love Elizabeth Warren and her ideals and this book really opened up her past and why she fights for the things she does.
Susan Sherwin
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Having followed Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign I didn't learn too much that was new in "Persist," but it confirmed my opinion that she is in politics for the right reasons. In this call to action Warren discusses her personal experiences as a mother, teacher, lawyer and planner to help solve problems that affect women, people of color, anyone, really, affected by the economy or societal rules and expectations. Here are some things Warren weighs in on.
*Of 37 of the highest income count
May 22, 2021 rated it liked it
I was a Warren supporter in 2020 and even ran as a delegate. But maybe, for me, reading this outside of an election year, the glow has faded.

This is an odd book, but I guess I shouldn't expect any different from a campaign memoir. It intersperses national problems and policy talk with stories from her early life and stories from her campaign. Because I've read some of her older books and followed her campaign closely, little here was new to me. I guess I wanted something deeper, more vulnerable.
Anthony Caruso
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Elizabeth Warren since she won her Senate race back in 2012. To me, there is no more inspiring politician. I wanted her to run for president in 2016 and when she entered the race in 2020, I was ecstatic. I was sure she would win the primary, go on to defeat Donald Trump, and make history as the first woman president.

As we know, that didn't happen. Nevertheless, Warren has continued to persist and is leading the fight for equality and Democracy within the Senate. And, apparentl
Constance Chevalier
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading her book! She has so much to and so many stories to tell. She's met a lot of supporter in her Senate bid and the latest Presidential bid. From her first love of teaching little kids to teaching law students, she's covered vast amounts of topics and peoples' lives. I even learned some Black History facts and people. She touched the lives of three particular activists that show her persistence in progressive causes when you read who they have become. I screamed "noooo" when I got ...more
Sagar Jethani
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
A bit bland as far as political memoirs go, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Elizabeth Warren. She embodies all that's best in America. ...more
Colleen Martin
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This woman is a firebrand. I have never believed in a politician like I believe in Elizabeth Warren. I only hope that one day I get the chance to cast a ballot for her.
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Warren thinks deeply about how to utilize our government to help make life better “for mommas and babies.” She’s a gifted storyteller. It’s no wonder that she’s a Harvard Law Professor and was re-elected as Senator of Massachusetts. We’re lucky to have her fighting for American democracy. I read the book in 1 day. Please don’t rate this book if you haven’t read it.
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read! I loved reading her stories and her brilliant plans.
Not a campaign memoir but more of a roadmap. I like her but even still I tired of how many times she used the word plan. But a quick and engaging listen.
Rea Scott
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Voting for Warren in the democratic primary was a great day and reading this book solidifies that I’d do it all over again.
Jun 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, feminism
I am overcome with love for this woman. She is so frickin' smart, a policy wonk (I say that with the utmost gratitude and love), humble, focused, and a fighter. I wish so badly she had been elected President. I loved listening to her read this on audiobook.

Warren interweaves personal stories into discussions about policy and the issues that matter most to her: childcare, education, housing, systemic racism, etc.. She talks a lot about her experience as a presidential candidate, too. This was my
Susan Lampe
Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Senator Elizabeth Warren writes with great optimism about her determined efforts to make extraordinary change, especially for women. She writes with understanding from her own struggles to raise two children, gain an education and teach as well as enter the competitive world of politics. She explains things such as why social security often ends up being less for women than men. She shows through her own life how childcare can be a limiting factor for women. She speaks of her campaign to be pres ...more
Joel Alex
Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Warren explains (in depth) campaign thoughts, plans and stories on how to make our country better (wealth tax, women's rights, voter access, equality). She is an amazing voice in our government genuinely interested and committed to the betterment of all people. Great book, I would have to think this would make you a fan, and if you are already one, you will love her even more. ...more
« previous 1 3 4 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Download PDF/ePub eBook Persist by Elizabeth Warren 1 7 May 06, 2021 09:23AM  
See top shelves…
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

News & Interviews

Secrets between siblings, grandparents with grievances, parents with problems. If you're looking for serious drama, check out these new...
27 likes · 3 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“What kind of vice president would I want—someone like Mike Pence, who looks adoringly at Donald Trump whenever he speaks? (I already have a dog.)” 1 likes
“Officer Rose was the president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association at the time, and he was furious.” 1 likes
More quotes…