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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

The fiery U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and bestselling author offers a passionate, inspiring audiobook about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it.

Senator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America’s middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become one of the country’s leading progressive voices. Now, at a perilous moment for our nation, she has written an illuminating account of how we built the strongest middle class in history, a scathing indictment of those who have spent the past thirty-five years undermining working families, and a rousing call to action.

Warren grew up in Oklahoma, and she’s never forgotten how difficult it was for her mother and father to hold on at the ragged edge of the middle class. An educational system that offered opportunities for all made it possible for her to achieve her dream of going to college, becoming a teacher, and, later, attending law school. But now, for many, these kinds of opportunities are gone, and a government that once looked out for working families is instead captive to the rich and powerful. Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal ushered in an age of widespread prosperity; in the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan reversed course and sold the country on the disastrous fiction called trickle-down economics. Now, with the election of Donald Trump--a con artist who promised to drain the swamp of special interests and then surrounded himself with billionaires and lobbyists--the middle class is being pushed ever closer to collapse.

Written in the candid, high-spirited voice that is Warren’s trademark, This Fight Is Our Fight tells eye-opening stories about her battles in the Senate and vividly describes the experiences of hard-working Americans who have too often been given the short end of the stick. Elizabeth Warren has had enough of phony promises and a government that no longer serves its people--she won’t sit down, she won’t be silenced, and she will fight back.

©2017 Elizabeth Warren (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Senator Elizabeth Warren narrates her new audiobook on the state of the nation with passion and conviction...This fascinating and informative audiobook offers an accessible explanation of the development and consequences of our nation's social and economic policies." ( AudioFile)

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 05-11-17

A Call to Action

As a law professor and a Senator, Elizabeth Warren has proven to be a fighter for the middle class. Her new book is a tough mined book but is only a partial blueprint for progressive political revival. It is more of a wake-up call to action. She acknowledges the Democratic Party failed to step up and fight in the past. The book is blunt and an impassioned plea to action.

She names the names of government officials she claims serve industry rather than the American people. Warren states that big business and the extremely wealthy have ruled for the past 35 years, and it is time to change their destruction of the middle class. She states that government invested in the middle class from 1935 to 1980 after that the government reduced its spending on education, infrastructure and basic research. She discusses the recent fight over raising the minimum wage and the reduction of worker safety regulations. Warren lays out the step by step decline of the middle class over the past 30 years but also outlines action to improve the situation.

Unless you are a billionaire, I suggest the reader put on hold their personal viewpoints and prejudices and read the book with an open mind.

The book is almost eleven hours long. Elizabeth Warren does an excellent job narrating the book.

28 of 47 people found this review helpful

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Warren's topic and narration is amazing

Warren touched political topics that aren't popular, but extremely important. She laid out the inner workings of the government so that all readers c o uod understand the policy and politics of America and what our duty as citizens must be.

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An angry rant, not that informative

I was really looking forward to this book because I have been impressed by Elizabeth Warren through articles I've read about her. I was so disappointed to find her analysis to be almost completely anecdotal with a few statistics thrown in here and there. I am not against real life stories of people. They keep the weight of the real life experience in perspective with what otherwise can be a dry analysis of stats, facts, and explanations. But a truly informative book has a balance of all these ingredients. Now I only listened to the first couple hours, hoping it would begin to become more thorough. But no. And I was disgusted to find how bitterly partisan she is, while complaining about how partisan politics have become. While talking about the debate on minimum wage, she actually said the line, "Republicans DON'T CARE." Wow, regardless of which party you aline with, flatly declaring that the other side doesn't care is not only inaccurate, it's extremely arrogant and unhelpful to the attempt to work together.

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  • JG
  • 05-19-17

Overly subjective but also rather informative

If you're a liberal looking to pad your echo chamber or a conservative looking to pull your hair out, this book is for you. I'm a middle roader, and I believe that I'm capable of seeing past political speak. The first few hours are over filled with anecdotes, and Sen. Warren leaves no question about the fact that she really hates rich people. However, there is a fair amount of undeniable arguments that support the fact that the middle class is doing very poorly. She also sheds light on many questionable practices between government and corporations. Overall, if you can get past her politician rhetoric and her extremely subjective viewpoint, the book is a pretty good read for someone interested in getting a liberal view of the current economic picture as it pertains to the American middle class.

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  • K.
  • 06-12-17

Inspiring and eye opening.

A great look into the current state of our country. Ms. Warren delivers a passionate and well thought out look into the American political climate.

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You tell 'em, Betsy!

Elizabeth Warren shows us many insights into the power behind what goes on in Washington DC. I wish there were more steps to take to overcome this past election, but I have a greater understanding of what went on because of this book.

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We need to "Make America Great For the Middle Class Again"!

What about Elizabeth Warren’s performance did you like?

She was honest and clearly cared about her statements! She seems to almost be crying when she talked about Gina and Michael and Kai! She definitely put humanity the book (not that it didn't already have humanity in it)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

See above

Any additional comments?

This book had a few primary viewpoints:
First, there were the personal stories
Second, there was the history and current government and its workings and influences
Third, there was the opinion and conclusions drawn.
The third part was the only one that wasn't strictly factual. Fortunately for me, I also agreed with her on the opinion and conclusions.
The personal stories were heartbreaking. It was clear that Elizabeth Warren took them to heart and considered them important, not just to the country, but to her personally! She spilled into them the frustrations of hard workers who have done everything right, and yet, through no fault of their own, what started out as success turned into dire circumstances!
The history and current story of our government and some of the hidden and secretive aspects that no one wants to talk about was enlightening. I hadn't known any of the details about FDR and what he had done to bring the country back from the brink during the Great Depression. He clearly had the goal of "Making America Great Again" (at least financially) in REALITY as opposed to just as a campaign promise! And the total of fact of the lobbyists and special interests on our day to day government activities has been shown to be far from in favor of the American population!
As for opinions and conclusions, I think they're spot on, but I have already said that I am in favor of Elizabeth Warren! I believe in her. I think that this book is one that all should read, or at least, they should all read the parts about FDR and about the current workings of the government!
Great book!

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  • NC
  • 11-08-18

So Good

Elizabeth Warren is such an intelligent woman. she is articulate, well spoken, and witty. This book was informative and enlightening, albeit sometimes depressing. Much of the book is incredibly serious, but the end is incredibly encouraging and motivating.

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Greatt book and very insightful

Nice to see there's still some politicians out there thats looking at the whole picture

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Really wanted to like it

Confession: I am a life long liberal. I was called a "socialist" as a young woman when I tried to start a tool library in North Seattle circa 1999. Two decades later, tool libraries are common all over Seattle.

I agree with Elizabeth Warren's "ideals" and some of her beliefs.

However...I was barely able to get pass the 3rd hour of the book and continue to listen to it. The author as the audiobook's narrator is a BIG mistake. The scorn, sneering, grunts "HUHHHHs" and the high level of screeching anger, "head banging" (quote author) and admission that she wanted to "SCREAM" is mostly understandable in the circumstances she was under, BUT, extremely difficult for even this die-hard liberal listener to "sustain".

Yes, revolutions and global change need sustained energy, commitment, dedication and daily grind of tongue biting, maintaining a calm demeanor, decorum and most of all "collegiality" (Ruth Bader Ginsberg).

Every single "angry, shrill, shrieking" colleague I've ever experienced in both public & private sector, government or global conglomerates NEVER succeeded in gaining listening ears, support of heads, hands * hearts or commitment to true collaboration.

I know I know, don't tell women not to be angry.

I used to and still say:" DON'T tell me NOT to be ANGRY!!!!"

But after 4 decades, I know better. I can't get anything done when I'm angry and shriek in front of the executive committee.

I think I will take a break and read this book in the print version. I still think Elizabeth Warren has some valid things to say,
but chapter after chapter of blah blah blah....(complaints) then insert (what SHE did or wrote...etc) is SO beneath someone
of her stature and experience.

I KNOW how tough it is to be the ONLY woman in the room. For decades. That level of sustained OUTRAGE and such
a scornful sneering voice is extremely difficult for a reader/listener to attempt to finish this book. Thus, the author's intent
is defeated.

VERY disappointed.