A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life

A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life

by Deval Patrick


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ISBN-13: 9780767931120
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 188,529
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Governor Deval Patrick was born in Chicago in 1956. After junior high school, he received a scholarship to attend Milton Academy in Massachusetts, and from there he graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has worked as an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and was later appointed, by President Clinton, as the assistant attorney general for civil rights. Governor Patrick has also been general counsel at Texaco and Coca-Cola. In 2010, he began his second term as governor of Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Preface I

Chapter 1 Vision is Essential 5

Chapter 2 Know Who You Are 34

Chapter 3 Try a New Perspective 59

Chapter 4 Learn to Love 87

Chapter 5 Save a Place 115

Chapter 6 Faith is How You Live 144

Chapter 7 Overcoming Kryptonite 173

Chapter 8 In Defense of Idealism 195

Acknowledgments 225

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Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Leslie62 More than 1 year ago
In this heartwarming and delightful memoir, Governor Deval Patrick writes about people and experiences, mostly when he was a child or a young man,that helped him grow up to be the idealistic and goodhearted person he is today. He writes of teachers who believed in him and helped him expand his horizons; of the inspiring generosity of the elderly parishioners at his childhood church; of people who reached out to him with kindness and friendship when he first came to Massachusetts as a young teenager, knowing no one; and about people of all different faiths and nationalities who welcomed him with unfailing kindness when he traveled all over Africa in a student year abroad. This book reminds us what an enormous difference we adults can make in the lives of young people when we give them our attention, our caring and our loving guidance. It also reminds us of the enormous transformtive power of everyday "small" kindnesses. And it encourages us to make idealism the "lodestar" of our personal lives and the political life of our country. This book would be a wonderful gift for Mother's Day,or for anyone to whom you want to give a gift from the heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish most of you would stick to writing about the book, and not about your political views!! The book was interesting and inspiring, and gave me some insight into how Gov. Patrick arrived at his beliefs and what shaped his life. I will purchase a couple of copies to loan to some of my students who need some inspiration and motivation. I enjoyed the book.
theageofsilt on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Governor of Massachusetts could have used a little help with his writing; His compelling personal story reads a little flat in parts. I particularly enjoyed his account of receiving a scholarship to attend ultra-posh Milton Academy which takes him from poverty in Chicago. My children attend an elite New England private school and it was a shock coming from an upper middle class household. Many of my children's friends, like Governor Patrick's friends, have several homes and servants. Their place of privilege is assured regardless of their effort. He approaches assimilation into the ranks of the elite with the studiousness of a National Geographic explorer.Governor Patrick's account of his difficult relationship with his father was also fascinating. His father, a noted jazz musician, was dismissive of his son's achievements and condemned him as being co-opted by the white establishment. Not the typical response of a father to his son's success at Harvard! There are many small touches that show the Governor as a caring father and husband. He devotes much time and sympathy to the plight of his wife who he meets while she is still married to an abusive husband. I also enjoyed his family's painful discussion following a concert by 50 Cent, who his daughters like, but the lyrics horrify, rightly, the Patrick family adults.His is an interesting story which will likely need a sequel: this is his second term as Governor and he has been confronting political corruption and a difficult economy. There's another book right there!
teddyballgame on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Governor Deval Patrick's book, A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life, is an inspirational story of a young, African American man from the South Side of Chicago who graduated from Milton Academy, Harvard College, and Harvard Law and then went on to high profile jobs in government and corporate America capped off by his election to Massachusetts' highest office.I really enjoyed this book. Governor Patrick's story is truly improbable and should serve as an inspiration to anyone who reads this book. He is obviously a very intelligent man who has made the most of his gifts and opportunities. I had the privilege of meeting Governor Patrick at a book signing and he was very gracious and demonstrated remarkable humility given his accomplishments.I encourage anyone who is looking for an enjoyable, inspirational read to pick up a copy of this book. The odds of success were certainly not in Governor Patrick's favor, but through diligence and optimism he certainly has led an accomplished life and written a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I bought Governor Deval Patrick,s Book I sent it to him to be autographed he said to Robert, With High Hopes ! Deval Patrick
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Without reading the book you have proven to be a worthless jerk..this is a book review, not a political blog....BTW..I am a Tim Cahill supporter but I will read the book written by our Governor...
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BP_Robert More than 1 year ago
I actually read it and it wasnt to good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the hype in the world within those pages does nothing to change the reality of his failure of an administration. Idealism is not a bad thing, but when in practice it turns into crony-ism, bankrupting the state, increasing the rapid exodus of business and the middle class from our cities, etc. it quickly turns sour.
Massattorney More than 1 year ago
Ah yes indeed: Buy this book andd learn lessons from a goveror who increased the ranks of states employees by the scores of hundreds and now wants to hire even more of them....The only lesson here is how to bring a state to bankruptcy via endless pension obligatiions that cannot be sustained. Thank you for your valuable lesssons Governor.