An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works - and really doesn’t.
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 put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: Could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?
Thus began an impolite education into the bare-knuckled, often dysfunctional ways of Washington. She fought for better bankruptcy laws for 10 years and lost. She tried to hold the federal government accountable during the financial crisis but became a target of the big banks. She came up with the idea for a new agency designed to protect consumers from predatory bankers and was denied the opportunity to run it. Finally, at age 62, she decided to run for elective office and won the most competitive - and watched - Senate race in the country.
In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class - and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and must do better for working families.
©2014 Elizabeth Warren (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
This was an amazing book I am deeply touched, listening to this book I find myself shouting "yes" to her, agreeing with her and at the end start crying.. and she reads it with such a passion. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who's hungry for change and equality and believes in democracy!! YAY!
I'm not sure if the reason I give this book 5 stars across-the-board is because the story is so compelling, the reader is so adapt, or just the fact that I have hope for America once again. Elizabeth Warren is a rare breed of politician. Her politics and her phenomenal political rise are based solely on her passionate commitment for doing the right thing. Book about feminism and our generation, corruption and the influence of money in politics, the scandal was in the banking industry, I'm so much more. Ultimately, this book is a hero journey and a lesson for all of us about how destiny shapes our lives and how tenacity so often is ultimately declared the winner. Even conservatives Who may disagree with Elizabeth Warren will enjoy this narrative about struggle against high odds and how being given a fighting chance is so crucial to prevailing in this life.
I thought this book might be dry, but it was a really enjoyable narration of Senator Warren's personal story and her experiences with DC culture and her move into the political realm. I already lean towards her progressive ideas but I will say that she also cleared up some misconceptions I had about the financial crisis. Definitely worth a credit!!
Inspired to Change!
I felt like I was sitting in the living room listening to my dear old friend, Elizabeth, telling me what's been going on in her life since we lost touch a while back... grounded, kind, compassionate. I love that she read it herself.
Very hard to pick one particular scene...I love how she walked right into a pole when waving at fans during her Senate race, (I would do that!), and I love how close she was to her dog and how her passion for helping the people propelled her to do things she had never thought about doing before. So courageous!
Yes, when she went to Washington for the Consumer Protection Agency, her feelings for Otis (her dog), and her empathy for constituents that confided in her.
I had heard of her for years, just in the background and on the sidelines, though. Upon hearing that she was being considered as a possible running mate for Hillary, I decided to check her out more thoroughly. WOW! So glad that I did. What I found makes me wonder how many others are equally passionate and working FOR the people that I have yet to discover and support. Not all politicians are crooked and evil. ;-)
I am very impressed with this book and effort by Elizabeth Warren to share her story. I have huge respect for what she has done. Wonderful American experience and commitment to fairness for all.
I didn't know just how special Elizabeth Warren is until I read this book. A go getter at an early age she gets the job done. whether you agree with her views or not, her life is inspiring and humble. What a national treasure.
Very inspirational. This woman sheds light into how politics in Washington run in a very lively and sometimes intimate way. She speaks not as a politician but as a citizen with common sense and will to fight.
As if I wasn't a fan of Elizabeth Warren before, now I am willing to join a fan club and get this woman into office. The writing was easy to follow, and she integrates her personal story with her political agenda seamlessly. She is a true American hero!
Elizabeth Warren's heart is expressed beautifully in this book. Her desire to protect the middle class right to the "pursuit of happiness" is inspiring. At a time where I had begun to loose hope in America, her journey gives me hope that change is still possible.
When President Obama appointed Dr. Warren to head the Consumer Protection Agency and her demonstrated courage to meet that call, despite the opposition.
I loved that Elizabeth Warren actually read the book herself! It greatly added to its impact. No one could have delivered her message as clearly as she did.
Absolutely. It took the long drive home most days and would sit in my car listening once I arrived home.
This is one of those books that you buy several copies of and give to others, encouraging them to share it and pass on the powerful message. It brings awareness of the reality of the corruption of our democracy and it opens blinded eyes to the need for people to unify for the protection of our common right to liberty and justice.
For the People
Elizabeth and all of those on both sides of the American political spectrum who are working for the American people.
I normally don't like it when authors narrate their own books; they tend to be very flat. Janice Ian was an exception to this rule, and Elizabeth Warren is as well. I can actually picture her teaching classes at an elementary school, or even at Harvard Law school... her inflection is fantastic!
I have NO interest in American politics and very little knowledge of the financial issues that caused the 2008 US recession. Elizabeth Warren's memoir details the work she and many others did on behalf of the American people - in studying the practices that caused people and families to go bankrupt, reporting on the causes of the 2008 financial services breakdown, and in pushing for a consumer agency that requires banks and mortgage lenders to provide plain language in contracts. But make no mistake - with very few exceptions, this is not a dry, boring, treatise on American banks. This is the story of one woman, who came from humble beginnings, who became one of the American peoples' strongest champions.
This was my first political autobiography, and, sheesh, it's a doozy! She's a remarkable woman, and I hope that America realises it. Superb!
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