The Pursuit Of Happyness

Paperback | October 24, 2006

byChris Gardner

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The astounding yet true rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall Street

At the age of twenty, Milwaukee native Chris Gardner, just out of the Navy, arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. Considered a prodigy in scientific research, he surprised everyone and himself by setting his sights on the competitive world of high finance. Yet no sooner had he landed an entry-level position at a prestigious firm than Gardner found himself caught in a web of incredibly challenging circumstances that left him as part of the city's working homeless and with a toddler son. Motivated by the promise he made to himself as a fatherless child to never abandon his own children, the two spent almost a year moving among shelters, "HO-tels," soup lines, and even sleeping in the public restroom of a subway station.

Never giving in to despair, Gardner made an astonishing transformation from being part of the city's invisible poor to being a powerful player in its financial district.

More than a memoir of Gardner's financial success, this is the story of a man who breaks his own family's cycle of men abandoning their children. Mythic, triumphant, and unstintingly honest, The Pursuit of Happyness conjures heroes like Horatio Alger and Antwone Fisher, and appeals to the very essence of the American Dream.

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The astounding yet true rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall StreetAt the age of twenty, Milwaukee native Chris Gardner, just out of the Navy, arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. Consider...

Chris Gardner is the chief executive officer of Gardner Rich & Company, a multimillion-dollar brokerage with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. An avid philanthropist and motivational speaker, Gardner is a recipient of the Father of the Year Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative. He has two children and resides in...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:October 24, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060744871

ISBN - 13:9780060744878

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read I did not expect the book to be the way it was, especially after watching the film before I read the book, but I thoroughly enjoyed the read. It was fun, and I often found myself relating to Gardner on a greater, and unusually , level. I would recommend this book to everyone who feels like they need to be inspired.
Date published: 2011-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Uplifting! I would definitely recommend this book as an encouragement to reach for your career and life goals. Take all of life's curves and throw them back as a lesson learned and a stepping stone towards a better life. This is a “make you feel good” book full of encouragement and positive thoughts.
Date published: 2009-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great great book... i was surpried about all the struggle he went though in his life.. recomend it to everyone great story of rags to riches...
Date published: 2008-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A TRUE INSPIRATION TO ANYONE Not since "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" have I been this inspired by a man's story. Chris Gardner, though not a great author by any means, makes you feel like you are in a room with him and he's telling you his story. I never wanted to put this book down and at times felt like I was living the story. Some of that is probably because there are a few moments in the book that mirror my own life experiences. For anyone who feels that their economic situation will prevent them from obtaining success or finding their own happiness, READ THIS BOOK!!! If Chris Gardner could get what he wanted from life, anyone can!
Date published: 2007-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing I absolutely loved this book! it just opened my eyes to what some peoples lives are really like. I haven't seen the movie but i have heared that it is an excellent movie. i recommend that people definitely read this book because it will make you see life through another persons eyes.I also liked it because it gives you answers to life but noit in an easy way. It also shows you that there is more to life than just fast cars and money. I loved this book.
Date published: 2007-01-09