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
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
In a modern era when, generally, we think so little of politicians, it is always a breath of fresh air that blows away these fetid thoughts. Elizabeth Warren is that breath. She is the fighting grandma (no disrespect intended) of my youth; the one everyone who ought to be afraid, was afraid of. My gran was as feisty as they come when she was defending something she believed in. Warren strikes me the same way. Passionate in her beliefs, personable in her presentation of them and, above all, tough as old boots.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story of her life, from a small town to the seat of power, and points in between. She is gracious when she needs to be, brutal when it's required and very, very sympathetic (unless you area Giant Bank, in which case you can take a short step of a high cliff). I enjoyed the detail of the Bail Out and the Consumer Bureau. I missed some of the detail of her life at Harvard Law School.
The best part of this autobiography is that Warren reads it herself. She has the nuances to give it a life beyond the mere words. If she ever retires, she has a new career in narration that awaits her.
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 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!!
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Elizabeth Warren’s new autobiography reveals how her political career grew directly from a long career focused on the same issues she is championing in her public role. It is sort of a journal of how she got into the fight for the middle class. Warren spoke about growing up on the “ragged edge of the middle class” in Oklahoma. She tells about her childhood, her failed first marriage, trying to be a stay at home mom, going to school and becoming a law professor and of her successful second marriage. While a law professor she became an expert on the new changes to the bankrupt’s law. She and her students did research into causes and trends in the rash of bankruptcies in the 2000’s. She wrote articles in law journals and books telling about the problems and the pending collapse of the banks and the middle class. She blames most of the problem on the deregulation on the banking industry in the 1990s and the banking lobbyist. She tells of her work on a national oversight panel reviewing the bank bailout in 2008. She also tells about the fight for and then setting up of the Consumer financial Protection Bureau, her brainchild. She mixed policy points, with behind the scene anecdotes; she also does some big bank bashing Warren’s ability to translate complicated finance issues into plain English and parables that appeals to fair play is what rocketed her career. The book ends with her first year as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts giving us an inside glimpse at the horrible gridlock Washington is in. The book carries a message of hope that with the middle class pitching in we can put Washington into working order. Warren does a good job narrating the book.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Warren, who narrates her book herself with warmth and humor, gives a clear explanation of how big banks hide information to conceal the truth from consumers, and pursue profit by any means ruini ng families and neighborhoods. this is exactly what I have witnessed during the housing collapse. there are many stories of Americans who suffered and the story of the fight to institute a department to oversee the banks and [there credit agencies. it's a timely inside look at the people and institutions that impact our lives. And Elizabeth Warren is an amazing woman I'll keep supporting.
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.
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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