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A Fighting Chance (2014)

de Elizabeth Warren

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A chronicle of the Massachusetts senator's two-decade career in Washington describes her childhood pursuit of an education, early exposure to the dysfunctional political process, high-risk advocacy of better bankruptcy laws and competitive run for public office.
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In the interest of saving time (mine), I'll simply say that I basically agree with the May 8, 2014 comments of Goodreads reviewer Vicar Sayeedi on this book. He liked the book, recommends it to all, and praises Elizabeth Warren for being a positive force in our Country, for being an advocate for the average American, for protecting consumers, for being a creative thinker, and for becoming a politician who can work with others to get things accomplished. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
This book includes the major events in Warren's life and how those events affected her actions and her world view. Her writing is simple and straight-forward but there were times that I definitely felt like there were things she was not sharing. Not that she has to share those things but it just felt like a pencil outline of her life instead of a full vibrant painting. The policy work was pretty fascinating. She is very progressive and liberal and even if the reader is not (although I am so this is an assumption), it's hard not to just be enraged at big banks and politicians (often on both sides) that protect them. So often people are blamed for their poverty or their bankruptcy but the system is working against them and specifically and intentionally being sneaky about it. As a high school teacher even our education is failing people: I took calculus but never had a real discussion about financial literacy. If she does not win the Dem nomination, I sure hope she's put in charge of creating more policy to protect people financially. ( )
  Sarah220 | Jan 23, 2021 |
I love Elizabeth Warren and have for years. Ironically, my wife does not. While I don't necessarily agree with ALL of her positions, that can be said of any politician. Meanwhile, she's got some very good ideas, ideals, platforms, etc, and she's spunky as hell and has a big spine -- she can take on just about anyone.

Sadly, she'll never be elected and I think it would be disastrous if she ran. Sadly, America is about the only civilized first world country I can think of where we're so ass backwards and socially/culturally retarded, not to say misogynistic, that I don't know if a woman can EVER be elected in this country. Reagan Republicans seemed to love Thatcher and I've heard good things about Germany's female chancellor, among others. Thatcher was a strong leader and admired for that trait by many, although her career ended with controversy, somewhat like Reagan/Bush I. Nonetheless, just as a recent example, Hillary Clinton -- who is NOT my favorite politician or person -- ran against Trump as everyone knows, AND she WON the general election by at least TWO MILLION votes, which for the second time this century (Bush/Gore) proved what a total fraud the concept of popular vote is in this country and always has been, per the Founding Fathers, who created the Electoral College under the guise of the US Everyman being too damn stupid to know who to vote for, let alone even how to vote. So, these idiots who the political bosses put in place to "represent" their constituencies sometimes do and sometimes don't, in the most recent case, voting Donald Trump into office over Clinton despite the obvious proven fact that the majority of American voters didn't want Trump to win, and thus Hillary was the lesser of two evils.

Let me tell you, I've heard all of the arguments against Hillary. Some are legit, many are total crap and ESPECIALLY when compared to probably the most unprepared, literally dead stupid, crooked, greedy lying traitor of a politician in American history. He literally knew nothing about anything when he was elected, most alarming foreign policy (and the Constitution). He immediately mistrusted, hated and ignored our intelligence agencies and has waged war against actual intelligent (sometimes), experienced experts and politicians by replacing thousands of them either with deadbeat know nothing donor cronies who want to shred the government or leaves hundreds of positions unfilled. He has praised the worst dictators and human rights abusers in the world while offending and pushing away virtually all of our traditional allies. Meanwhile, Clinton spent 8 years in the White House and actually knows a thing or two about the Constitution, statehood, and as a former Senator and Secretary of State, about a million times more than Trump could ever learn about foreign policy or anything else, for that matter. And while there are unproven rumors that she is corrupt, anyone who believes she is actually worse than an alleged pedophile who sells access to the White House and every perk asked of him to any bidder, as the easiest lay in DC, degrading the position of President unlike anything anyone has ever anticipated. I cannot understand how anyone can support that cretin, especially the damn evangelicals and fundies who finally showed their true colors in voting for one of the most immoral men in history so they could gain power and demolish the evil "liberals" and progressives, thus turning this country into a conservative oppressive theocracy -- the exact opposite of what our Founding Fathers wanted, and most likely their savior, Jesus, too.

In any event, I went on too long on that analogy, but that's how I view Warren's chances in this country. She shows she's more intelligent than most of the (Republican) men in the room, she's got good ideas, plans on how to implement them -- if the Ted Cruz's of the world would stop being traitors to the country and actually do what our former politicians always did dating back to A Jackson, and make some damn compromises, and hence, legislation, rather than destroying the country with infantile shutdowns. She'll be hated and despised because she's a strong woman who has guts, and for the life of me, I'll never understand this, but American women -- particularly the fundies -- HATE strong Democratic women -- but they show their hypocracy when they go gaga and rally around the biggest loser airhead in US political history, that Sarah person. So Warren is a great leader, a great politician, an infinitely better choice than Trump or any of the loonies on the hard right who really are little but traitors to their country, as proven by supporting Trump and Putin over the US and our Constitution. I realize this review has been more about current US politics and the dysfunctional state we're in than this book itself, but if you haven't caught on by now, I think the author and her book are great, and certainly infinitely moreso than the moron in office or anyone like him. That said, nearly any non-loony with a brain would be better than what's in office in 2020. Recommended!!! ( )
  scottcholstad | Jan 23, 2020 |
Couldn't put this book down. Thank god Elizabeth Warren is in the Senate. Unleash this woman and her intellect for the benefit of us all! ( )
  Oregonpoet | Jul 12, 2019 |
This book is an autobiographical account of the meteoric rise of a small town girl from Oklahoma to US Senator .

Senator Warren reveals the harsh reality of how the absolute decimation of American middle class through de-regulation of the finance sector bought about in the span of one generation “Reaganomics” has left families teetering on the brink of bankruptcy with multiple loans from housing to education .Predatory lending practices from banks through decades targeting vulnerable sections of the societies . The book goes on to tell her role in the forming the consumer watchdog program on such practices , handling of TARP bailout to the Dodd Frank regulations and how lobbying controls congress .

Off-course Elizabeth Warren has impeccable credentials Harvard Law professor , 30 years of finance regulatory work , US Senator Massachusetts but more importantly I found her genuinely concerned for the working class .
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  Vik.Ram | May 5, 2019 |
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...I was sick of politics. I'd had enough of Washington.
The giant banks employed countless executives, but not a single one would appear on television to defend their lending practices or explain all their lobbying in Washington.  Not one.
...the game was so rigged that working families never had a fighting chance. The big banks would eventually win. They simply had too much power.
...I had a choice. I could be an insider or I could be an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don't listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People--powerful people--listen to what they have to say. But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don't criticize other insiders.
I had been warned.
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