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
In the top ten.
When Craig was describing his growing up in Glasgow.
No. This is the first one.
Laughed my butt off! I grew up in the same area twenty years before he was born.
Great listening and very funny. Brought back memories about prople and places I thought I had forgotten.
I really liked his comments at the end about becoming American.
I like him even more now that I heard how the funniest guy in late night got there humbly from raw beginnings.
I listened to this audiobook while commuting. I love Craig Ferguson on the Late Late Show and thought that a whole audiobook full of his antics would be a good time. And it was. I'd definitely recommend it.
I seldom listen to a book a second time, but I might listen to this one again, just to hear the accent again.
I liked both the story and the narrater. It was a multi-layered exposition of his life and loves, and his very human struggle to overcome his alcohol addiction. He also managed to control his fascination with the Rock and Roll lifestyle and grow up--at least a little.
Craig's voice is easy to listen to. His accent is pleasant and understandable. I have no negative feelings at all.
I had no extreme reaction to Craig's book. I did laugh out loud several times. He is, after all, a very funny man!! I was touched by the sentiments he expressed about this country and his joy in being able to raise his child here, where he will have a less constricted life than in the
Ferguson's self deprecating humor & excellent story telling make American on Purpose enjoyable from beginning to end
This story really brings home how lucky/blessed we are to be Americans and points out all the things we take for granted - sometimes to the point of abusing them. In addition to having a very interesting life that holds your attention, Craig's heartfelt reading of his life's story adds to the intensity of his desire to get to America and his gratitude at becoming a citizen.
One generally doesn't think of Scotland as a place to want to get away from, but then one realizes the vast difference our freedom of religion gives to who you know, like, love and associate with.
I had not known before that he was a alcohol/drug addict. He tells the story of his addictions, rehab and recovery with an openness and honesty that is at times brutal. He doesn't soften any aspect of his struggle with his demons.
I rate this book very highly for its content and message. And listening to Craig for 7 and a half hours isn't hard to take either!
Craig Ferguson is funny and fun loving and I love listening to his brogue. His story is quirky and interesting all the way through with never a never a dull moment. His reasonng for becoming an American is inspriational.
One of the most memorable moments int he book is his description of and reflection on the event he was asked to MC with the U.S.President in attendance and he is a brand new American.
The lively, cheery lilt of his voice is mesmerizing.
The rough stuff he went through in childhood is particularly moving to me.
Shocking, Funny, Informative
I like Craig on his show, but since I have read his book, I RESPECT him a lot more.
It's been quite a while since I listened to this last, but it still sticks in my mind to this day. Hearing Craig Ferguson's story from childhood up through at least the first part of his time at The Late Late Show is completely enthralling. He's truly had an interesting life, and he doesn't hide a thing within this memoir of his. Both the good and the bad exist in his life, and the story of both ends of the spectrum are told. If you have someone that is an alcoholic, absolutely have them listen to this. That is the most compelling part of his story hands down. This, even while being the story of his life, is a love letter to both his home country of Scotland and the United States. It really gives you a chance to see the US through a new set of eyes that makes the world not seem quite as bad as it seems to be sometimes.
This would all be well and good, but it ends up getting straight fives in the ratings thanks to Ferguson reading the book himself. He knows the story by heart, and puts everything he has into them. Honestly, his storytelling is one of his strongest points, and it would have been sorely missing had someone else read this.
All in all, I recommend this as one of my favorite books, and one of the few memoirs that I really genuinely love. If you can get this, listen to it. If you can't listen to it, get the book, watch some of his show or stand up, and imagine his voice as you read. You won't be disappointed.
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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