Karen Valby
April 25, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Fighting Chance

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Elizabeth Warren
publisher
Metropolitan
genre
Memoir

We gave it an A

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s memoir — which covers her modest Oklahoma roots as the daughter of a telephone operator and a maintenance man, her steely battles against big banking’s Too Big to Fail mentality, and her victory in Massachusetts — achieves what political memoirs rarely do. It’s warmhearted without being oily; it’s dishy without feeling dirty; and it’s intelligent and informative without exhibiting any tedious wonkishness. She’s good, plainspoken company who makes you feel smarter for having spent such easy time with her. Throughout her career, videos of Warren calmly shaming hapless bank regulators have gone viral and made her something of a progressive sensation. Her new book, which is a loving look at her family as well as her country, will only broaden her base. A

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