A Fighting Chance (Hardcover)

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A "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER

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 has been a law professor at Harvard for nearly twenty years. She is the author or coauthor of nine books, including "The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are Going Broke." Elizabeth served as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and is Massachusetts's first female senator. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781627790529
ISBN-10: 1627790527
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2014
Pages: 365
Language: English