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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Mrs West Pymble, Australia 08-15-13
    Mrs West Pymble, Australia 08-15-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Perfect mix of life story and great laugh"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes -- this was a really funny story told by a funny person and interestingly enough I even think some nice little life lessons thrown in. It was great and I will have it on the iPod/Pad/thingy to listen to again on another long trip


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American on Purpose?

    Too many to name


    Have you listened to any of Craig Ferguson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No he was new to me but now I will seek him out.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Maryland, USA 03-13-10
    Bob Maryland, USA 03-13-10 Member Since 2005

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    "Great Book he reads it."

    He tells his story without leaving anything out. Interesting, sad, happy and funny. I was already hooked on Craig Ferguson before I read this. In the book he bares his soul.

    Good read not too long.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian vancouver, WA, United States 01-03-12
    Brian vancouver, WA, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Should be in the political section"
    What disappointed you about American on Purpose?

    Being of Scottish extraction and a proud American citizen I looked forward to a story about a fellow Scot that discovered his dreams in this country. The book was rated so high I thought it would be a funny book because I found itin the comedy category. The author spent the first part of the book on an ill informerd liberal rant about President Bush and Vice President Cheney. He did not argue against their policies just made fun of how they talked and how they were related to the devil. Not real funny. If I wanted this drivel I would have bought the crap from John Stewart or Bill Mahar. (Upon looking further Audible considers their book as comedies too...) The author should have gone to France if he wanted the socialist crap that he apparently missing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Craig Ferguson again?

    Never


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Craig Ferguson?

    Does not matter


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Was mis-catalogued. This was not a comedy.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Matthews, NC, United States 07-19-10
    Wendy Matthews, NC, United States 07-19-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Meh."

    I like Craig Ferguson a lot and I did love that he read the book. I just didn't think his life, life lessons etc were very remarkable. Sorry Craig.

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    Marcus Austin, TX, USA 10-25-09
    Marcus Austin, TX, USA 10-25-09
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    "Did not live up to expectations."

    I was so disappointed by this book. After seeing dozens of his monologues, I figured this book would be hilarious (e.g., Stephen Colbert). But it seems like he either didn't put in the time or didn't recruit the help of additional writers, as on his show. I'm not saying it's not 'good', just not very funny.

    0 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 10-06-09
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 10-06-09 Member Since 2008

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Boring & Unfunny"

    Reads like a blog--self-indulgent of course, but also surprisingly unfunny. Don't bother getting this unless you're already a big fan of this guy--I'd never heard of him, and shouldn't have wasted my money.

    0 of 19 people found this review helpful
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