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I was really looking forward to this book because I have been impressed by Elizabeth Warren through articles I've read about her. I was so disappointed to find her analysis to be almost completely anecdotal with a few statistics thrown in here and there. I am not against real life stories of people. They keep the weight of the real life experience in perspective with what otherwise can be a dry analysis of stats, facts, and explanations. But a truly informative book has a balance of all these ingredients. Now I only listened to the first couple hours, hoping it would begin to become more thorough. But no. And I was disgusted to find how bitterly partisan she is, while complaining about how partisan politics have become. While talking about the debate on minimum wage, she actually said the line, "Republicans DON'T CARE." Wow, regardless of which party you aline with, flatly declaring that the other side doesn't care is not only inaccurate, it's extremely arrogant and unhelpful to the attempt to work together.
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As a law professor and a Senator, Elizabeth Warren has proven to be a fighter for the middle class. Her new book is a tough mined book but is only a partial blueprint for progressive political revival. It is more of a wake-up call to action. She acknowledges the Democratic Party failed to step up and fight in the past. The book is blunt and an impassioned plea to action.
She names the names of government officials she claims serve industry rather than the American people. Warren states that big business and the extremely wealthy have ruled for the past 35 years, and it is time to change their destruction of the middle class. She states that government invested in the middle class from 1935 to 1980 after that the government reduced its spending on education, infrastructure and basic research. She discusses the recent fight over raising the minimum wage and the reduction of worker safety regulations. Warren lays out the step by step decline of the middle class over the past 30 years but also outlines action to improve the situation.
Unless you are a billionaire, I suggest the reader put on hold their personal viewpoints and prejudices and read the book with an open mind.
The book is almost eleven hours long. Elizabeth Warren does an excellent job narrating the book.
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