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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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    Kelly Red Lion, PA 04-10-11
    Kelly Red Lion, PA 04-10-11 Member Since 2013
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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
    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 2014
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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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    Matt 11-14-10
    Matt 11-14-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"

    This is a really well written book, and Craig does a great job of presenting it. You can hear the embarrassment in his voice during the telling of some particularly shameful tales. You can also hear his pride when he talks about getting his citizenship, his son, and conquering his demons.

    It truly is an incredibly enjoyable listen. I was sucked in to the tale from the beginning, and it made the better part of a 26 hour drive fly right by. I highly recommend this book!

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    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore 10-31-10 Member Since 2014

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    "enjoyed it very much~"

    chose this book, liking Ferguson's humor,and feeling that seeing the USA from the point of view of someone who is American by choice might be helpful during this election season. Ferguson is candid and funny~ many comedians' memoirs are not funny! Ferguson's humor is often self-deprecating; he avoids the narcissistic navel gazing that can plague memoirs of any sort. anything else i would say would be cliched~ suffice it to say it is an entertaining and thought provoking read. i respect the guy tremendously, in addition to enjoying his work.

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    Gregg 09-11-10
    Gregg 09-11-10 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "An inspiration to the rest of us!"

    Craig Ferguson is beyond inspiring in his tale about hitting rock bottom more times that you think possible and still being able to pull yourself out of the gutter. Only he could have narrated his book, he puts emotion and his own unique comedic timing into every sentence. Its the first book I have listened to that was always serious yet almost always funny. He was able to tell funny drinking stories while showing how those stories almost ruined his life. It is a very unique book. Craig Ferguson knows what it means to be an American and shows his struggles in becoming one.

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    robert los angeles, CA, United States 08-24-10
    robert los angeles, CA, United States 08-24-10
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    "Best book i've read/listened to this year!"

    Such a fascinating and no holds barred story. As someone who experienced some of the same bumps in life as Craig and was also able to come out relatively unscathed, it was very inspiring and brought back many emotions throughout listening.

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