- About the Book
The fiery U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and bestselling author offers a passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save itSenator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America's middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become one of the country's leading progressive voices. Now, at a perilous moment for our nation, she has written a book that is at once an illuminating account of how we built the strongest middle class in history, a scathing indictment of those who have spent the past thirty-five years undermining working families, and a rousing call to action. Warren grew up in Oklahoma, and she's never forgotten how difficult it was for her mother and father to hold on at the ragged edge of the middle class. An educational system that offered opportunities for all made it possible for her to achieve her dream of going to college, becoming a teacher, and, later, attending law school. But now, for many, these kinds of opportunities are gone, and a government that once looked out for working families is instead captive to the rich and powerful. Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal ushered in an age of widespread prosperity; in the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan reversed course and sold the country on the disastrous fiction called trickle-down economics. Now, with the election of Donald Trump--a con artist who promised to drain the swamp of special interests and then surrounded himself with billionaires and lobbyists--the middle class is being pushed ever closer to collapse.Written in the candid, high-spirited voice that is Warren's trademark, This Fight Is Our Fight tells eye-opening stories about her battles in the Senate and vividly describes the experiences of hard-working Americans who have too often been given the short end of the stick. Elizabeth Warren has had enough of phony promises and a government that no longer serves its people--she won't sit down, she won't be silenced, and she will fight back.
This Fight Is Our Fight is a smart, tough-minded book. But is it an effective blueprint for progressive political revival? The evidence suggests that it's incomplete.... To her credit, Warren repeatedly acknowledges the political importance of prejudice; she's not one of those people who insist, as Bernie Sanders sometimes seems to, that bigotry won't be a political factor if only your economic program is progressive enough. But she doesn't offer any good answers. And let's be honest: Republicans have gone after Warren herself, in a way they haven't gone after Sanders, in part because of her gender. But maybe it's a matter of time, and what Democrats need right now is a reason to keep fighting. And that's something Warren's muscular, unapologetic book definitely offers. It's an important contribution, even if it isn't the last word.
—New York Times
—New York Times
With Sen. Bernie Sanders's surprise success and Clinton's shocking failure in 2016, lefty progressives have spent the past few months saying, I told you so. This Fight Is Our Fight is no exception. But Warren's book also reveals the moral languages the senator is less able to speak. She never truly grapples with why Democrats lost, why middle-class voters would choose Trump or whether their anger might be about more than the economy. Warren sees the world through the narrow lens of economic interests, ignoring the deeply held values and beliefs that often determine people's politics. This attitude is condescending, but more important, it limits Warren's understanding of America and why her party has failed so badly.... That little word, us, is Warren's only nod to the possibility that she might bear some responsibility for her party's failures and the dismal state of American politics generally. Democrats' shame is there. But Warren isn't about to share it.