The Pursuit of Happyness - Chris Gardner

The Pursuit of Happyness

By Chris Gardner

  • Release Date: 2009-03-17
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 56 Ratings


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.


  • "The Pursuit of Happyness"

    By Inspired130
    This book is simply a remarkable read for anyone who is looking to envision a better tomorrow. Chris Gardner vividly articulates his testimony in a way in which speaks to the lives of common folk who experience extraordinary obstacles. Yet, many are reminded oh so often that they have the right to be in "the pursuit of happyness."
  • Love it!!!!! ;-)

    By ashly decker
    It mad me cry every time and think how thankful I am for what I have. It's a heart filling journey that just sweeps my mind up. I just keep reading it over and over again and the movie is spectacular especially with Will Smith playing the main role. I love the movie but I love the book so much more thank you for writing a heart filling piece and telling people how other people might not have as much as you but that doesn't mean you treat them different.
  • Inspiring!

    By DG1001
    The movie was great and inspiring! But this book is astonishing and jaw dropping! I highly recommend this nonfiction book to people who can relate to the life story of Chris Gardner.
  • Great story Mr. Gardner, well-deserve god's blesses

    By Aisha.S.AlMusharrakh
    I have watched the movie more than 5 times and read the book, and each time I watch again the movie my eyes fills with tears and my soul boost up with hope, enthusiasm and feel that I am blessed. Great story Mr. Gardner and absolute good selection of Will Smith.