The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness

Book - 2006
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In a candid memoir, a successful entrepreneur traces his journey from growing up with an abusive stepfather, to life on the streets as a homeless man with a small toddler in tow, to his triumphant battle to the top as a self-made millionaire.


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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2006
ISBN: 9780060744878
Branch Call Number: 332.6092 Gardn
Characteristics: xii, 302 p. : ill. (some col.)
Additional Contributors: Troupe, Quincy
Rivas, Mim Eichler
Alternative Title: Pursuit of happiness


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Mar 16, 2020

As good and well crafted as the movie is, it does not make justice to the actual story depicted in this book. As a father of a 2 year old I can't just imagine having to live with her on the streets, for one night leave alone, months!
In a way is a story of extreme human endurance and personal achievement, also shows what an extraordinarily strong mind is capable of and by addition what kind of society are we.

Nov 17, 2011

the book and the movie was amazing! I love how it defines the American dream and learns a life lesson based on the tough times that Chris have faced.

Jul 24, 2011

An amazing book, I thought it was very inspiring :)

Apr 09, 2007

It's almost as if the screenwriter only read the middle of the book - what a waste of a movie. If you must see the movie, do not read the book first. You'll be SO disappointed.

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