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In the world of ordinary citizens vs. big banks, U.S. senator Warren (Massachusetts; coauthor, The Two-Income Trap) sees the match as the battle between David and Goliath. She warns readers that often the story doesn't have a happy ending and that sometimes it ends with David getting the slingshot shoved down his throat—sideways. The senator believes that people should understand that the consumer financial market favors big banks because regulatory and legislative bodies are targeted by well-financed lobbying groups paid for and directed by those financial giants. She relates her experiences during the 20-plus years she served on several congressionally appointed commissions and oversight boards related to consumer bankruptcy and TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) and as a special advisor advocating for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Warren shows how the system gave banks the edge over the middle-class borrower, and she explains how she worked tirelessly in all of her congressional-advisor roles to give middle-class families a fighting chance against the power of the finance industry. VERDICT Lay readers and business students who need to understand how banking and lending regulation and legislation are enacted will appreciate the personal stories Warren uses to demonstrate the problems borrowers encounter, the solutions she worked for, and the disappointments she met along the way.—Jill Ortner, SUNY Buffalo Libs.