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5.0 out of 5 starsA very accomplished woman
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2019
Provides more in depth look at Warren's background. Our economy needs this woman's leadership.
-Champion (firebrand) of the middle class -Scholar, teacher, lawyer, mentor -Capitalist -Traces her background from growing up in a lower middle class OK family, her career in academia, and her election as a Senator from MA. -Expert in bankruptcy law. She and her colleagues did years of research into the causes. -Highly respected by her peers and her students. -There are four appendices of her speeches and papers, thirty pages of copious notes and an extensive bibliography at the back of the book. A photo section mid-book.
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 for our survival as a free people."
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderfully written and researched!
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2018
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 female in a male dominated world of law in the 60's and 70's and how, in spite of everything working against her with babies and day care issues, she managed to rise in academia to make a difference. I adored the book, will likely reread it, and know that there are a few good politicians left. The author has provided us with her life so far. I for one, hope that we can add her name to a list of another male dominated society. President of the United States.
Thank you to the publisher, Sourcebooks, and #NetGalley for a pre-publication ebook in exchange for an honest review.
4.0 out of 5 starsElizabeth Warren: A Champion and Hero of the Middle Class...
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2018
“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 been aware of her family’s low income status from an early age. Hearing family stories from the Great Depression, her mother was forced to return to work after her father suffered a heart attack. Highly intelligent and ambitions, she prepared for college and married at nineteen to Jim Warren (m.1968-78) the couple had two children. It was particularly challenging to complete her education, establish her career and raise her children. Gratefully, Elizabeth enlisted the help of her family to help care for her children. Divorce increased her awareness of impoverished single mothers and the plight of disadvantaged low income families.
While teaching at the Houston School of Law she would receive the “Outstanding Teacher Award” (1981) the first of numerous awards that she earned during her teaching career. In July 1980, Elizabeth married Bruce Mann a fellow law professor. The couple had a great interest in bankruptcy law. Elizabeth realized that there were no research or studies available at the time to document financial failure. Elizabeth joined the Consumer Bankruptcy Project that for 6 years studied 250,000 pieces of information related to twenty four hundred bankruptcy filings. There were 400,000 people who filed bankruptcy in 1986, a decade later the figure was twice that number. These figures were alarming and Elizabeth would write several books concerned with the dire economic impact on middle class families and the reasons they were going broke. The reasons were not due to financial irresponsibility, but to low wage jobs, poor health and medical bills, divorce and family break-up, lack of housing, education, and affordable childcare. After several years of commuting and teaching at different Universities, Elizabeth and Bruce finally attained tenured positions at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2006, Bruce encouraged Elizabeth to become the Carl F. Schippo Jr. professor of law at Harvard University. This would further her career and academic influence on public policy as she taught and challenged a new generation of students.
Felix covered the Great Recession and the financial collapse of 2008 exceptionally well, which is the best part of the book. Elizabeth had warned public officials of the risky subprime mortgages she called “hand grenades”-- that were relentlessly marketed to minorities and others with high amounts of debt and low incomes. Banking deregulation and repeal of the Glass Segal Act (1933) had increased the predatory lending practices that destroyed 20 trillion USD in financial assets of 9 million people who lost their homes and jobs. Congress offered billions of dollars in Troubled Asset Relief (TARP) to stabilize the economy. In 2009-10, according to the Center of Public Integrity corporate banking special interest groups spent 1.3 billion USD lobbying against financial and banking reform.
The book overall is an authorized version of Elizabeth Warren’s life and outstanding achievements. Elizabeth was appointed by President Barrack Obama in a presidential advisory position with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (2013). On the opposite end of the spectrum, Elizabeth was ridiculed by Donald Trump when he referred to her as “Pocahontas” (2018). With her powerful determination and resolve to serve the interests of Main Street over Wall Street, Elizabeth Warren remains champion for the middle class. .** With thanks and appreciation to Source Books via NetGalley for the ADC for the purpose of review.
4.0 out of 5 starsInformative Pro Elizabeth Warren book
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2018
is is an interesting, well-written, and pro Elizabeth Warren book. However, despite the very favorable portrait of Elizabeth Warren, the book provides a lot of information about her. Whatever, one thinks of Elizabeth Warren's politics she is an central figure in the history of women in politics. She was raised to be a housewife but is now a US senator and may run for US president. Like Bill Clinton she came from a humble Southern background where there was segregation. The book explains how she became a law professor and her involvement with trying to regulate the financial industry.
Even though the author skirmishes around much of the controversy around Elizabeth Warren, the book is a provocative and informative book about a major politician.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2019
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.