cover image Elizabeth Warren: Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life.

Elizabeth Warren: Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life.

Antonia Felix. Sourcebooks, $25.99 (400p) ISBN 978-1-4926-6528-1

In this admiring biography, Felix (Michelle Obama: A Photographic Journey) examines the life and career to date of Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, known as the “Sheriff of Wall Street” for her long-running efforts to rein in the excesses of the banking industry. Felix glowingly narrates Warren’s “rise from a dusty, financially strapped Oklahoma childhood to academic and political prominence,” looking at how the driven Warren found her passion in high school debate, left school to get married and start a family, and later became a lawyer specializing in bankruptcy law, which led her to teaching at institutions such as Harvard. Portrayed as a tireless populist crusader, Warren eventually runs for Congress, where her “life work studying the economics of working Americans gives her unique insight into the plight of the largest-growing segment of the working class that is aspiring to be middle class.” Despite its obviously positive attitude toward its subject (the most controversial topic is Warren’s claim of Native American ancestry) and somewhat dull interludes of statistics on women in politics, this biography is thoroughly researched and accessibly written; Felix has a knack for translating the complexities of financial and legal issues into layperson’s terms. This is a worthy introduction to a prominent political figure. [em]Agent: Esther Margolis, Newmarket Publishing Management. (Aug.) [/em]