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The Pursuit of Happyness

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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,
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ebook, 320 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2006)
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Arianny He just hanged to his dreams, but not just dreamed about the things that he wanted, he fought for it, he worked for it and sacrificed for it. His set…moreHe just hanged to his dreams, but not just dreamed about the things that he wanted, he fought for it, he worked for it and sacrificed for it. His set up his mind to be different, to make a difference in his family and to everyone who surrounded him. This is just a summary of the way I see he made it through his obstacles. (less)
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Melissa
Feb 28, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story, but the writing left something to be desired, I think... and (don't hate me) there were aspects of Gardner's personality that came out in his book that made him a little bit less of a likeable character for me. Not that I didn't respect what he did or how he helped himself and his son... he just came across such that his personality rubbed me the wrong way a few times... Anyone else who can back me up on that?

I still haven't seen the movie. Maybe I should.
Matt
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Loy Machedo
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Gardners ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ is surprisingly not your usual feel-good, decent, role-model kind of a book. It is a book that is brutally honest, bad and bloodied in its language and breathtakingly realistic in its approach.

For those of you who have seen the movie with the same name starring Wills Smith, well let me be clear - what you saw was in the cinema or DVD is hardly a fraction of what you will read in this book. What I realized after reading the book was, the storyline in the
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Amy
May 10, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rushed to read this before seeing the movie. Surprisingly, I preferred the movie. While I was deeply moved by Gardner's life and accomplishments, a great writer he is not. I had recently read the Glass Castle (MASTERFULLY TOLD) and this did not measure up. Unfortunately, the childhood accounts are all told not from a child's perspective, but with the adult Chris's notions inserted regularly. We all know a five year old wouldn't be making the observations and conclusions that the narrative voic ...more
Alison
Mar 03, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this movie and so I checked out the book. The first half tells of his life growing up. It was not a happy life. Some of the scenes are quite graphic and there is lots of foul language. I hoped part two would be less so, but it was even worse. Really, it should be the pursuit of a carnal, sensual and develish happiness...not what I truly define as happiness. (Lots of women, drugs, and behavior that I believe should not be emulated.) If I could recommend any of it, it would only be the l ...more
Sarezh Zyad
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saw-it-s-movie
* Don't ever let somebody tell you YOU can't do something - You Got a Dream Protect it - If you Got something Go And Get it *


. I saw The Movie and Makes me hopeful . so surprised . and so Enthusiast
it is all About how much you desire something - and How much you can resist the Hard Time - How much You Won't Give Up !
Then I read it And have same and More Eager Impression To ward every single Goal .
Nice mind - nice courage

-- set A goal
-- Make sure You want IT
-- you will Get what ever the Obst
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Marcia
Apr 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very very disappointed by this book. I loved the movie, and I have seen Chris Gardner on a number of TV appearances, and have been very impressed with his story.
Unfortunately this book was trash both in language and subject matter.
The language was incredibly course and made it very difficult to wade through. In the beginning, it was tolerable because he was telling the story of his childhood, and those were real words that someone spoke to him. So although it was difficult to stomach, I c
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Anil Swarup
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring autobiography of a common man with usual frailties but unusual ambition. However, this is one of the rare incidents when the movie scores over the book. It is also a trifle difficult for an Indian to relate to the earlier part of the book as family ties are not as tenuous as they appear in the west. The book still sweeps you off the ground. Some of the events are touching. The ultimate compliment to the father comes from the son "You are a good Poppa" and the one from Nelson Mandela ...more
Afton Heckman
Jun 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
This was one of the best books I've read in awhile! I was sad when I finished reading it. It leaves you with that feel good feeling and the notion that you can achieve anything you put your mind to with a little hard work and determination!

** I saw the movie after I read the book. I love Will Smith's performance; however, I felt like the movie only highlighted 1/10 of the novel! It holds true: The book is always better than the movie.
Emily
Nov 29, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Watch the movie, it is a lot more inspirational than the book. The language is crass and offensive in the book and the author is conceited.
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Christopher Gardner is the owner and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Conquering grave challenges to become a successful entrepreneur, Gardner is an avid motivational and aspirational speaker, addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles. Gardner is also a passionate philanthropist whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organ ...more
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“The future was uncertain, absolutely, and there were many hurdles, twists, and turns to come, but as long as I kept moving forward, one foot in front of the other, the voices of fear and shame, the messages from those who wanted me to believe that I wasn't good enough, would be stilled.” 128 likes
“Others may question your credentials, your papers, your degrees. Others may look for all kinds of ways to diminish your worth. But what is inside you no one can take from you or tarnish. This is your worth, who you really are, your degree that can go with you wherever you go, that you bring with you the moment you come into a room, that can't be manipulated or shaken. Without that sense of self, no amount of paper, no pedigree, and no credentials can make you legit. No matter what, you have to feel legit inside first.” 91 likes
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