“The people managing the volunteer effort were incredible. Mike Firestone is a high-energy guy who led a high-energy grassroots organization, and Lynda Tocci, Tracey Lewis, and Amanda Coulombe developed new strategies for turning out voters. Lauren Miller organized a creative and successful online effort as our news media director. The team leaders throughout the state were talented and innovative, and they busted their tails.”Almost all of these passages were during the story of her Senate campaign, but a few of them also showed up earlier, when she talked about the struggle to enact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. I do of course understand how that fits into the story, but — perhaps due to my own election fatigue from the past two years — they felt hollow and trite. Perhaps all the “these people who helped me were great” lists should have been in a foreword or postscript.
— pg. 242-3
“But there was something he loved even more than an airplane: he loved my mother. She was fifteen when he noticed her, a whisper-thin, dark-haired beauty who was lively and funny and whose beautiful low voice made her a favorite to sing at weddings an funerals. She would sit for hours in an empty room and play the piano and sing. My daddy fell completely in love with her.”But the best parts, for me, were when she talked about policy. On those points, her ideas crystallized and came through sharply, much like her recent speeches in Washington, where Warren continues to be a lone voice crying in the wilderness, seemingly the only one willing to hold financial and political criminals accountable. And unlike many autobiographies, Warren didn’t litter her book with mere experiences and opinions, but verifiable facts — all of which she cites sources for in a 50-page fine print “Notes” section at the back of the book. Perhaps even better yet is the passion she brings to her policy statements:
— pg. 9
“America’s young people are struggling with more than $1 trillion in student loan debt. I asked: Why does the United States government lend to the biggest banks — the same banks that nearly broke our economy — at an interest rate that is less than one percent, and then turn around and charge our students an interest rate that is nine times higher? Why is the U.S. government scheduled to make $185 billion in profits off the backs of our students? We’re not investing in these students — no, we’re asking them to pony up the money to subsideze the rest of us.”One final thing I really liked: she is not afraid to be self-deprecating. This, perhaps more than anything, makes her seem like a real person to me. She is open about her faults and felt no shame at telling stories that don’t cast her in the best light. Imagine some other current politicians writing the following lines:
— pg. 274-5 (emphasis in the original)
“I looked over to wave and walked straight into a pole. I wasn’t hurt, but I felt really stupid.”
— pg. 254