Ever since his father lost the family farm when he was a child, Gilbert dreamed of owning his own farm. He got that chance when his wife took a job at Ohio University, and he got a job in marketing for the university press. He got off to a rocky start at farming. The locals looked on him as an outsider, and some tried to take advantage of him.
Warren weaves together her life story with an analysis of what is wrong with the country’s economic system. Raised by an Oklahoma maintenance man and a telephone operator, she went on to become an expert in bankruptcy law, a Harvard professor, a White House assistant who helped design the Consumer Financial Protection Board, and a senator from Massachusetts.