An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works-and really doesn't
As a child in Oklahoma, Warren yearned to become an elementary school teacher-an ambitious goal, given her family's modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put that dream out of reach, but 15 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 to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?
Thus began an education into the 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.
In A Fighting Chance, 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.
Elizabeth Warren, a fearless consumer advocate who has made her life's work the fight for middle class families, was elected to the United States Senate on November 6, 2012, by the people of Massachusetts.
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts reads from her book A Fighting Chance and argues that tax loopholes, lobbyists, and Republican cronies are taking money and power away from America's families.