A Fighting Chance (Hardcover)

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What if we had a US Senator who was truly dedicated to helping the middle class and
the poor by pushing for changes that leveled the playing field and pushed back
against the rigged game that controls much of our politics?  What if she went to a commuter college and
ended up teaching at Harvard Law School? 
What if she were a wife, mother and grandmother who fought for the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—and won. 
And what if she wrote a book that not only told the compelling story of
how she went up against the big banks and the power brokers, but laced that
story with the homey details that complete the picture? With any luck at all,
we’ll be hearing much, much more from this passionate, gifted and powerful
woman (yes, I’m a fan).  This book is an
easy way to get to know the Senator from Massachusetts and the issues she

— Mary


An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works--and really doesn't--in A Fighting Chance

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 fifteen 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 ten 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.

About the Author

Elizabeth Warren is the senior senator from Massachusetts. A former Harvard Law School professor, she is the author of eight books, including All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan and The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke, written with her daughter, Amelia Tyagi.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781627790529
ISBN-10: 1627790527
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2014
Pages: 365
Language: English