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As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and 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, and help oversee the effort by Congress to rewrite 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 and was often ridiculed. She invented an agency designed to protect consumers from predatory bankers and was denied the opportunity to run it. Finally, at age sixty-two, she decided to run for elective office and pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent political history.

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 the 100 percent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Wall Street watchdog and US senator has produced a readable and sometimes infuriating explanation of the biggest financial crisis of our time.”


  • “Intelligent and informative…[Warren is] good, plainspoken company who makes you feel smarter for having spent such easy time with her…Her new book, which is a loving look at her family as well as her country, will only broaden her base.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • "[Warren] has a compelling story to tell…She is also entertaining about professional politics.”


  • “A potent mix of memoir and policy…The title of this book reminds us that this is about Warren’s fight. She is still the fiery advocate who called for a bureau to protect consumers or, as a second choice, ‘no agency at all and plenty of blood and teeth left on the floor.’”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Moving…Ultimately, the book’s message is that one person can make a difference…After reading this book, it is comforting to know that Elizabeth Warren, with her passion, anger, and bluntness, will not be silenced.”

    Washington Post

  • “[Warren’s] storytelling is well-paced and engaging…She mixes policy points with rich behind-the-scenes anecdotes.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Warren has written a good book…Frank and quite strong.”


  • “Warren’s prose is as…direct as her book’s title. She has a good story to tell, and she tells it well…Warren’s accomplishments defied expectations virtually every step of the way.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • "[A] call to arms…Reading the rousing finale of A Fighting Chance…you can hear the sound of the crowd roaring with approval.”

    Mother Jones

  • “A revealing account of Warren’s rise to prominence…[Warren’s] arguments demand to be taken seriously…As a politician and activist, Warren’s great strength is that she retains the outsider’s perspective and the outsider’s sense of moral outrage, which runs throughout A Fighting Chance…She’s an indomitable battler for the underdog, and she doesn’t take no for an answer.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “Warren, the freshman senator from Massachusetts turned Democratic rock star, serves up a frank and lively account of how she became the banking and finance industry's fiercest nemesis…More memoir than manifesto; Warren emerges as a committed advocate with real world sensibility, who tasted tough economic times at an early age and did not forget its bitterness.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A passionate memoir of one woman’s personal story and the larger story of corruption in financial circles and the need for reform that balances the interests of the American middle class against those of the corporate sector…[Warren] offers a behind-the-scenes look at the political deal making and head-butting machinations in efforts to restore the nation’s financial system.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Warren, a rising star in progressive political circles who parlayed her decades of work as a legal scholar with a focus on consumer rights into a successful run for the US Senate in Massachusetts, offers a fiery stump-speech style of delivery, in keeping with her populist persona. Even though she downplays her celebrity status and confesses to having serious stage fright during her initial national media appearances, Warren possesses a graceful ease in the recording booth. Her narration conveys the poise of an accomplished attorney and Harvard professor and the humble frankness of her working-class roots.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “In the world of ordinary citizens vs. big banks, US senator Warren sees the match as the battle between David and Goliath…Lay readers and business students who need to understand how banking and lending regulation and legislation are enacted will appreciate the personal stories Warren uses to demonstrate the problems borrowers encounter, the solutions she worked for, and the disappointments she met along the way.”

    Library Journal

  • “This book could be subtitled The Making of a Populist as Elizabeth Warren describes her journey from struggling homemaker to US senator (Democrat, Massachusetts). Ultimately, it was her interest in bankruptcy law and its impact on everyday people that propelled her onto the national stage. Warren narrates this memoir herself, and, as a polished political speaker, she delivers the material well. She’s especially good at projecting emotions: Her anger at the insensitive credit industry is palpable. And her sadness over the death of her father is wrenching. The flow of the book is hurt slightly by the chapter subtitles, which interrupt the narrative when listening. However, this minor weakness does not blunt Warren’s powerful call to action.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Chicago Tribune Bestseller
  • Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, April 2014
  • A 2014 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Bios and memoirs
  • Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Narration by the Author
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