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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This is quite easily one of the best bits of writing I've encountered in the past 10 years. I've been a Ferguson fan for a long time now and had heard mention of his book and finally set out to see what everybody was raving about.
My only regret is not jumping on this sooner.
His story is entertaining as well as enlightening. His experiences are both tragic and inspiring. The fact that he's been able to overcome so much and have such a fiercely positive take on what he's learned and why he values having become and being an American is moving.
He mostly sticks to his life story which is riveting. But towards the end he gives a short personal take on what becoming an American meant to him and what he believes continues to make America the "greatest idea for a country that anybody has come up with so far." Coming just before the end of the book his speech is both unexpected and powerful. It isn't condescending or elitist in the tiniest bit. In fact it is something that I think all Americans should have to read.
I've already told just about everybody I know that if you only read/listen to 1 book in the next 12 months make it "American on Purpose" or you will truly be doing yourself a disservice.
This is a true adventure about a sensitive, farty boy who grows into a sensitive farty man. It's an open, honest, heartwarming, witty, entertaining, unabashed autobiography. This may sound trite but these are accurate descriptions. If you love Craig you will love his story and become an even bigger fan of the man. He doesn't glorify his alcoholism or his drunken antics: he is straightforward, matter-of-fact, and naturally good humored about his trials. Craig Ferguson is an adventurer and I was delighted that he shared the journey.
The last chapter will make you swell with pride to not only be an American, (if that applies), but proud to be a human who has survived your own adventure. If you are also a sensitive, farty person, this final chapter will bring tears to your eyes.
Bravo Craig! and thanks
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
Well worth the time to listen to this. Not overdone......good to get the background of this talented, funny man.
This was very raw, truthful and I enjoyed his stories of his early life and the years in New York and in London as a drummer. His life seemed tragic, and sometimes sad, but this made me care about him even more. My only issue with him was that he kept stating, "Separation of church and state comes from the Constitution". That's not true, and many celebrities and politicians say this, but the separation of church and state comes from a ruling by a judge, it is nowhere in the Constitution. Other than that, who wouldn't love him?
His Late-Late Show is on WAY too late for me to watch, so I hardly ever see him, but the title seemed interesting and I gave it a try. First, Craig reading Craig was the best part, his voice is interesting to listen to.
Its not War and Peace, but an interesting story, told well, with humor and humility.
Craig Ferguson takes us on a tour of his life as it twists and turns its way to America. Self narration lends to the story and allows you to feel the confusion, pain, and triumph. Terrific insights into one mans journey.
I was aware of Craig Ferguson, but not a watcher of the Late, Late Show, so I wasn't too sure what to expect. Ferguson has had quite a colourful and at times raw life that I didn't expect. But being a comedian, he naturally writes about it in a way that still makes you laugh. Craig's reading of his book is just the icing on the cake. I love the Scottish accent. I really enjoyed this book.
We enjoy listening to biographies military and of course Stephen King
Craig Ferguson discusses his life including all the ups and downs. He is very honest and extremely funny. Easy listenning
Craig Ferguson. Its his autobiography
When he thought he was old enough to quit school and got into drugs
I loved the fact that it was narrated by Craig Ferguson. It's great to hear his story from him. I love his show and this book makes me like him even more.
I'm an avid reader/listener who loves a good yarn, a voice full of character, and a little something to think about. I hate it when a great story is ruined by unnecessary or extreme violence/profanity.
I have and will continue to recommend this book. Craig Ferguson is charming and funny...very funny...but also unexpectedly sincere, intimate, and uplifting.
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