The Pursuit of Happyness

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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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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User Review  - Mitchell_Bergeson_Jr - LibraryThing

I liked this book, but beware, the movie this book is not. Mr. Gardner had a hard upbringing. He was in and out of foster care or living with relatives. When he did live with his biological mother, he ... Read full review

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS: From Mean Streets to Wall Street

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Young-rags-to-mature-riches memoir by broker and motivational speaker Gardner.Born and raised in the Milwaukee ghetto, the author pulled himself up from considerable disadvantage. He was fatherless ... Read full review

Contents

prologue
1
chapter
15
2
30
Wheres Momma?
59
Bitches Brew side
98
chapter
125
7
143
8
172
9
192
10
213
chapter
253
12
269
epilogue Blessed Beyond the Dreams
293
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About the author (2009)

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 Chicago and New York.

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