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
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.
Great story delivered in a highly addictive entertaining method.
Its great to hear the expression, emphasis and pronunciation in Craig's Glaswegian accent.
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.
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!!
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.
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!).
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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