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American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot | [Craig Ferguson]

American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.
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In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up in the United States. Finally sober, Ferguson landed a breakthrough part on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, a success that eventually led to his role as the host of CBS's The Late Late Show.

By far Ferguson's greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008, just before his command performance for the president at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.

©2009 Craig Ferguson; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    lessofjes North Little Rock, AR, United States 01-17-12
    lessofjes North Little Rock, AR, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Loved it."

    I found this book funny, compelling, brutally honest and beautifully written. I loved listening to Ferguson tell stories about his life. It was so much better than I expected. Loved it.

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    Marilu 12-12-11
    Marilu 12-12-11
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    "Cheering for Craig Ferguson"

    Funny. Great voice to listen to. Glad to get to know Craig Ferguson better. The type of person you feel good cheering for.

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    Caroline Sydney, Australia 12-04-11
    Caroline Sydney, Australia 12-04-11
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    "Highly Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story delivered in a highly addictive entertaining method.


    What does Craig Ferguson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Its great to hear the expression, emphasis and pronunciation in Craig's Glaswegian accent.


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    janet Murray, UT, United States 11-09-11
    janet Murray, UT, United States 11-09-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Fantastic read!"

    Craig explains his early life in such a loving way that we immediately want to be part of his Scottish family. Through all his trials, addictions, and romances, he manages to move forward professionally and make accomplishments that other addicts could never muster. It is obvious that his humor, personality and good looks got him where he is today. It seems that through his alcoholic fog, he always knew what he wanted in life, and he succeeded.

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    Kelly Red Lion, PA 04-10-11
    Kelly Red Lion, PA 04-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!!!"

    This was a wonderful description of this man's life! I have loved Craig Ferguson since the first time I saw him on the Drew Carey show. I may be a bit predjudiced because of that fact, but I would recommend this to ANYONE who wants to hear how and why we should ALL be American on Purpose!!

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    Stu WASHINGTON, DC, United States 02-20-11
    Stu WASHINGTON, DC, United States 02-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant Autobiography"

    This is an insanely funny and surprisingly introspective look into the life of Craig Ferguson. I have been a fan of his stuff for a while, so my viewpoint may be skewed, but I don't think you'll be disappointed by this book. From growing up in Scotland, to hitting rock-bottom as a drunk, to a successful career in show business, this book is a great story all around.

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    Wanda Mt Washington, KY, United States 02-09-11
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    "Review of Craig Ferguson"

    Read the book. And bought the audio. Excellent and a winner. We are lucky to have Mr Ferguson as a US citizen

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    Joy Bear, DE, United States 01-01-11
    Joy Bear, DE, United States 01-01-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Craig, please write another book!"

    This book was fantastic, and the author narration made it even better. Conversational, honest, funny, everything you want in an audiobook. Craig tells it like it was; good, bad, and ugly, and his candor made me love him even more (notwithstanding he is really cute as heck!).

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    Michelle San Francisco, CA, United States 12-23-10
    Michelle San Francisco, CA, United States 12-23-10
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    "He ACTUALLY lived the punk that was our fantasy"

    Craig is an affable, charming, cunning, sweetheart of a punk! I could barely hit the pause button. Geez, this guy, albeit a train wreck, had more fun in Glascow than Sid Vicious in NYC and turned out alive and well in our living rooms! This is a much better celebrity rehab account than anything dr. drew could produce. We learn that they are friends. A teen in the 80's I and my friends tried to emulate our fantasy of the punk life but suburban misfits just doesn't live up to the real deal as we learn from Craig.

    Craig's narration was wonderfully flavorful and added all the spice and grit to the topsy turvy life he unravels for us in this fun, poignant, wild recount. I'm a new and huge fan and the Late, Late Show is now in the DVR lineup.

    Oh, and I'm adding Glascow to my travel tour of the UK - will be looking for a party!

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    Lisa Altus, OK, United States 12-05-10
    Lisa Altus, OK, United States 12-05-10
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    "the Real Craig Ferguson!"

    Insightful to the comedic birth of Craig Ferguson while being funny and heartfelt at the same time. I Adore Craig Ferguson, he is REAL...not Holly-weird...He could be a neighbor, co-worker (if he didn't have an aversion to work ;-)) and i would imagine him to be a great & supportive friend and one of the odd ducks at the family gatherings...Great Book! The many F' bombs which may be appropriate to the story telling, are a bit harsh on the ears over time. (the ONLY reason this is NOT a 5 star rating)

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