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?
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.
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. Download and start listening now!