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Title:
A reason to believe : lessons from an improbable life
Author:
Patrick, Deval.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Broadway Books, [2011]

©2011
Physical Description:
227 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Summary:
In January 2007, Deval Patrick became the first black governor of the state of Massachusetts, one of only two black governors elected in American history. But that was just one triumphant step in a long, improbable journey that began in a poor tenement on the South Side of Chicago. From a chaotic childhood to an elite boarding school in New England, from a sojourn doing relief work in Africa to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and then to a career in politics, Patrick has led an extraordinary life. In this book, he pays tribute to the family, friends, and strangers who, through words and deeds, have instilled in him transcendent lessons of faith, perseverance, and friendship. In doing so, he reminds us of the power of community and the imperative of idealism. With humility, humor, and grace, he offers a road map for attaining happiness, empowerment, and success while also making an appeal for readers to cultivate those achievements in others, to feel a greater stake in this world, and to shape a life worth living. This book tells the story of a uniquely American odyssey and a testament to what is possible in our lives and our communities if we are hopeful, generous, and resilient.
Language:
English
Contents:
Vision is essential -- Know who you are -- Try a new perspective -- Learn to love -- Save a place -- Faith is how you live -- Overcoming kryptonite -- In defense of idealism.
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ISBN:
9780767931120
Format :
Book

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