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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A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life by Deval Patrick

“I’ve simply seen too much goodness in this country—and have come so far in my own journey—not to believe in those ideals, and my faith in the future is sometimes restored under the darkest clouds.” —Governor Deval Patrick
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 heartfelt and inspirational 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.
Warm, nostalgic, and inspirational, A Reason to Believe is destined to become a timeless tribute to a uniquely American odyssey and a testament to what is possible in our lives and our communities if we are hopeful, generous, and resilient.

GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK is donating a portion of the proceeds from A REASON TO BELIEVE to A Better Chance, a national organization dedicated to opening the doors to greater educational opportunities for young people of color. To learn more, visit www.abetterchance.org.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767931120
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 359,902
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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Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 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.
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.