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A Reason to Believe by Governor Deval Patrick - Excerpt

A Reason to Believe by Governor Deval Patrick - Excerpt

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“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.

To read more about A Reason to Believe or Deval Patrick please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
“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.

To read more about A Reason to Believe or Deval Patrick please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Publish date: Apr 12, 2011
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Copyright © 2011 by Deval L. PatrickAll rights reserved.Published in the United States by Broadway Books,an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,a division of Random House, Inc., New York.www.crownpublishing.comBROADWAY BOOKS and the Broadway Books colophonare trademarks of Random House, Inc.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataPatrick, Deval.A reason to believe : lessons from an improbable life /by Deval Patrick.1. Patrick, Deval. 2. Governors—Massachusetts—Biography.3. African American governors—Massachusetts—Biography.4. Massachusetts—Politics and government—1951–5. Lawyers—United States—Biography.6. Chicago (Ill.)—Biography. I. Title.F71.22.P37A3 2011974.4’044092—dc22[B]2010021528ISBN 978-0-7679-3112-0eISBN 978-0-307-72076-4Printed in the United States of AmericaJacket design by Darren HaggarJacket photography by Rick Friedman/Corbis1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2First Edition

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theageofsilt reviewed this
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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!
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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.
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