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A Fighting Chance

By Elizabeth Warren

 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.

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2014

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9781627790529


Format: Book
Author: Warren, Elizabeth
Summary: 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.
Title: A fighting chance / Elizabeth Warren.
Publisher Date: New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
Subject: Warren, Elizabeth. United States. Congress. Senate -- Biography. Women legislators -- United States -- Biography. Legislators -- United States -- Biography. United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-
Isbn: 9781627790529 (hbk.) 1627790527 (hbk.)
Current Holds: 1
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Call Number: B Warren
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Bib Id: 518484

Format: Book
Author: Warren, Elizabeth.
Summary: 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.
Title: A fighting chance / Elizabeth Warren.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
Description: 365 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Subjects: Warren, Elizabeth.
Subjects: United States. Congress. Senate -- Biography.
Subjects: Women legislators -- United States -- Biography.
Subjects: Legislators -- United States -- Biography.
Subjects: United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-336) and index.
Contents: Choosing battles -- The bankruptcy wars -- Bailing out the wrong people -- What $1 million a day can buy -- An agency for the people -- The battle for the Senate.
LCCN: 2014000776
ISBN: 9781627790529 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1627790527 (hbk.)
Requests: 1
Available Copies: 0
Total Copies: 7
Call Number: B Warren