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  • American on Purpose

  • The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
  • By: Craig Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Craig Ferguson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unabashedly Honest

  • By Diane on 12-09-09

Very Entertaining, touching, and funny!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-09

I truly enjoyed this book. It is an "autobiography" for those of you disappointed that there isn't more humor. Yet Craig Ferguson's wit and charm do shine throughout the book. His is a true rags to riches story for what that's worth. I found it very interesting to hear about his experiences growing up in Scotland to fulfilling his dream of living in the U.S.

The only thing that would have made it better is some more insight on his personal life, but maybe that's just not him.

He's one talented and lucky guy!!!

Note: He is not at all preachy.

This could be a great historical immigrant autobiography detailing life in our times for future generations. He is about my age and I could completely visualize the drugging of the 70's and 80's as it was so similar to my own experience.

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