A Fighting Chance

A Fighting Chance

Book Club Kit - 2015
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10 books, discussion guide, 6 week checkout. SUMMARY : Elizabeth Warren tells the story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works and really doesn't.
Publisher: New York : Picador, a Metropolitan Book, Henry Holt and Company, 2015
Edition: First Picador Edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB 2 GO B WARREN
Characteristics: 10 books (377 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm) + 1 guide ; 1 canvas bag

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kherming
May 02, 2016

Love Elizabeth Warren, loved this book. It is extremely reader-friendly and a pretty quick read. She lays out her philosophy of the American dream quite well, while peppering recent history with a good dose of her own, personal history. She exemplifies the utilitarian model of politician, which is what I prefer to the likes of Scott Brown, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump variety . I wish there were a million more people like Elizabeth Warren (and Bernie Sanders) with the brains and fortitude (and with better judgment than Eliot Spitzer or Anthony Weiner) to run for office.

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Adelheid
Oct 14, 2015

Is that not the women who checked herself in as a women of American Native descend, I read some of it till I remembered who she was, sorry that is a big lie so I did not continue reading,

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brendan8761
Aug 08, 2015

Loved this book.

oldhag Jul 20, 2015

A gentle book that highlights the benefits of "family" when it is at its best, coming to the aid of a relative.
Clears up some campaign controversies, and emphasizes how persistence can sometimes triumph over ill-will.
As things stand today, I will likely do a write-in vote for Warren on my 2016 presidential ballot.

drudofsky May 17, 2015

An interesting biography, providing a lot of context about how she came to successfully run for Senate in 2012, with such broad populist support.

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rpavlacic
Jan 19, 2015

A top expert on bankruptcy and consumer affairs, Warren has been a champion of the people for a long time and her current stint in the US Senate is the latest step. One of the rare books where you actually learn more reading the endnotes than the book itself - these are very detailed but puts complex concepts into simple terms.

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spinthrift
Nov 19, 2014

Elizabeth Warren knows how to simply explain complex financial concepts. This book is at once encouraging and depressing. Encouraging because here is someone speaking out in no-nonsense terms about the economy and the banking industry. Depressing because success is so minimal and fleeting.....

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lilypad_1
Oct 23, 2014

Elizabeth gets my vote if she ever runs for anything again. She is one smart woman, can't imagine anyone knowing more than she does about the consumer side of bankruptcy and banking. We need her in any capacity we can get her in to to keep the big banks in line. If only there were more of her. She has the tenacity, intelligence,morals, ability to fight many war at the same time and work with and for grass roots people karen g

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rdw39
Sep 13, 2014

Elizabeth Warren is a force to be reckoned with. Her exposure to some of the political maneuvering that goes on in D.C. tells a lot about our politicians. It seemed to me the "career" politicians are afraid of her, because she is straightforward & honest about how the average citizen is not being looked after & she might try to stir things up. They want to keep the same "good old boy" system in place & protect the corporations who contribute heavily to their campaigns. I just wish there were more Senators & Congressmen & Congresswomen who would stand up for their constituents who elect them.

I enjoyed Ms. Warren's book & hope that she stays in the Senate to shake up the norm & doesn't get discouraged by the "do nothing" attitude of our lethargic politicians.

Samuel A Marcum Sep 05, 2014

Warren states in the introduction that she spent 25 years as an educator and the last 6 as a politician. At that I was excited: I really was looking forward to learning something. This book confirms the fact that she is wholly and unabashedly committed to that second career, though.

Heavy on ideology...light on solutions. I had hoped to get a view into Warren's pragmatic approach to policy making. What I got, rather, was a rant of "what should be done" intertwined with "what I did with the CFPB." Although that CFPB history was interesting and I enjoyed learning about it that was the most useful aspect of this book.

I have a difficult time believing this book isn't mostly a primer for her to gauge her popularity relative to Clinton...who also just authored a book...in anticipation of the primary season.

In summary: if you already know/like Warren you'll probably enjoy this book. If you don't know Warren or if you are one predisposed to disagree with her political leanings you probably won't. In any case this book will likely teach you very little you don't already know...except about her role in forming the CFPB.

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