The Pursuit of Happyness (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/11/1
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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.
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.
Beautiful book. I cried many times because I was so moved about how positive and determined he was throughout his life.
end of this book without any break.
Had a strong sympathy in Chris Gardner
as not only a Father but Investment Banker.
The phrase of "My head is in my business,but
my heart is always with my children." shall
I am going to keep this book for my children
so that they could be back to this story when
they lost the way to go in the future.
Chris feels like a passenger in his own life, whether it’s his retaliation against his childhood rapist, the collapse of his marriage, or the siring of his second child, these seem like things that happened to him, rather than things he did.
Perhaps the movie does a better job.
the life and trials of a black man from early childhood to coming of age to becoming a very wealthy and prosperous adult. It gives one, such as a white 70 year old women, a new perspective on the life of black people and the loss of hope in this country. We are still living in the dark ages in the U.S. and I think everyone should enlighten themselves by reading this book. Thank you Chris Gardner for offerring up
yourself so others might learn!
stand. The Pursuit of Happyness held my attention all the way through and left me wishing it didn't have to end. If we all could become such a person as he did, what a wonderful world we would all live in!