The Pursuit of Happyness CD by Chris 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.


About Chris Gardner

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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.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Entertainment Weekly

Leave it to an Italian to direct the quintessential American story about an African American in San Francisco.

Mar 30 2007 | Read Full Review of The Pursuit of Happyness CD

Chicago Tribune

Will Smith is an ebullient screen presence with such a trillion-dollar smile, it's weirdly suspenseful watching him in "The Pursuit of Happyness" playing a character who buries each new setback, stoically, while soldiering on and taking care of his son.

Dec 14 2006 | Read Full Review of The Pursuit of Happyness CD

Monsters and Critics

Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a bright and talented, but marginally employed salesman.

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Spirituality & Practice

The year is 1981, and Chris Gardener (Will Smith) if trying to make a living by selling bone scanner machines in San Francisco to doctors and medical centers.

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News Review.

This particular pursuit is standard pull-up-bootstraps fare, and since the arc of these kinds of stories are generally predictable (especially since the real-life version of this one has recently been on 20/20 and Oprah), you can guess how this story of Chris Gardner, homeless single father-turne...

Dec 21 2006 | Read Full Review of The Pursuit of Happyness CD

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