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With American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson somehow manages to avoid the pitfalls of self-indulgence and self-importance that plague most (okay, all) Hollywood autobiographies.

With American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson somehow manages to avoid the pitfalls of self-indulgence and self-importance that plague most (okay, all) Hollywood autobiographies. He has, instead, written a book that is hilarious and irrepressibly daft, yet also kind, poignant, and undeniably wise. It was a joy to read.

American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot is a memoir written by entertainer Craig Ferguson. The book details various experiences over several decades in Ferguson's life from his days in Scotland through his migration to the United States; the rise of his performing career in the United Kingdom, then Hollywood, and eventual acquisition of US citizenship in early 2008.

Craig Ferguson isn’t kidding. In American on Purpose he establishes a similar bond with the reader. That’s what struck me as I turned the pages of the Scottish late-night comedian’s memoir, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot. Almost every time Ferguson has a chance to go for a cheap, easy laugh - the mother’s milk of late-night comedy - he runs in the opposite direction. Like Steve Martin in his similarly engaging memoir, Born Standing Up, Ferguson tells the life story of a comedian without letting jokes get in the way. Born in 1962, he had the kind of grim childhood that seemed destined to result in a career in comedy.

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The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot. 26 The Aspirations of a Phony Englishman. I am a Scotsman which means I had. to fight my way into the world. I’m a Yankee doodle dandy.

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The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot. So much so, that more than once I checked to see if I was wearing pants, something I often do, just in case. With a past like mine it’s never a bad idea.

Craig Ferguson traces his journey from working class Glasgow to the comedic limelight of Hollywood and, in the process .

Craig Ferguson traces his journey from working class Glasgow to the comedic limelight of Hollywood and, in the process, becomes the one thing he always. We’re dedicated to reader privacy so we never track you. We never accept ads.

In his memoir American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson, host of The Late, Late Show, traces his journey from working-class Glasgow to the comedic limelight of Hollywood and American citizenship. Moving and achingly funny, American on Purpose moves from Ferguson’s early life as an alcoholic to his stint on The Drew Carey Show to his decision to become a U.S. citizen in its unique and honest look at his version of the American dream.

Comments: (7)

Dorintrius
Craig Ferguson's book "American on Purpose . . ." helped me appreciate America, with all its flaws, as still being the best place to try to make a life for oneself. But there's more!! Ferguson also writes a very real description of what it's like to drink and get drunk like an alcoholic. It is wonderfully genuine. In fact, it is so authentic, it is actually funny as well as being awful. He is quite brilliant the way "Beyond the Fringe" by Dudley Moore & Peter Cook was brilliant, except Ferguson is more serious. He seems to want to live a longer life. He has written movie scripts, TV scripts, other books, etc. He is actually a good writer. When I watched him chatting with the gay skeleton on late night TV, I thought he was funny, but I didn't give him credit for being a rather amazing talent. He was hosting a late night TV show solo, using only plush animal puppets and a skeleton marionette for his "straight men." I like the book cover too.
Golden Lama
Like many people in America, I discovered Craig Ferguson when he played Mr. Wick on "The Drew Carey Show." To put it bluntly, I hated him. I only looked as far as the character he played (which, now, says much about his acting ability) and found him weak, conniving, shrill, and patronizing. Once he left the show, I never missed him. Fast forward to 2009; I'd been unemployed for over a year and my ability to remain optimistic about life in general was rapidly disappearing. I was unable to sleep at night because I was sleeping all day. So, as such, I was flipping through the channels late one night and was stopped by a show featuring the "Spanish Word of the Day." I don't remember what the word was, I don't remember exactly what happened next. All I know is that I kept watching long enough for a tall, lanky Scottish man to come on the screen and be censored by an Italian flag and a "Tutti Frutti!"

It was love at first obscenity.

From his poor beginnings in Cumbernauld to his great successes in Los Angeles, Craig Ferguson is the embodiment of the American Dream. It happens much as you would expect - poor kid wants more, poor kid works hard, poor kid falls down a lot, poor kid moves to America, poor kid falls down some more, poor kid eventually becomes rich kid. There is little about Ferguson's story that people can't recognize in their own quests for self-fulfillment. Yet, as he tells his tale, Ferguson is witty, humble, and honest in ways that I think most people aren't when relating similar stories. He comes clean about his drug abuse and alcoholism; he owns it as a part of him. There's no escaping it; it made him who he is today and he knows it. He doesn't sugarcoat anything as he admits that his substance abuse played a large role in destroying both his first marriage and his relationship with his first true love. A later chapter, simply titled "Rehab," is one of the most poignant points of the book as he describes his literal struggle between choosing life or death. Anyone who has ever dealt with addiction or any kind of mental illness can relate to this and I was truly in tears. Keep in mind though that Ferguson's goal isn't to garner sympathy; as he says in the prologue, he tries to "spare [himself] no blushes." He is simply relating truth as he remembers it (or doesn't as the case may be). Most importantly, he wants you, American or not, to understand why he, a Scottish man, had to be American so badly. And, if you're a natural-born American like myself, you're actually kind of proud to be one once he's done. By the time I finished the book, Craig Ferguson had, in me, gained a life-long fan.

This book is funny, it's tragic, it's beautifully written...a Scottish immigrant has written a quintessential American story. It's a triumph in every word.
Adoraris
After running across a Craig Ferguson interview of Robin Williams that was among the funniest television footage ever, I remembered that this book was on my to-read list. I've loved Ferguson since the Drew Carey Show days, so I was interested in his story. It seemed like he just appeared out of nowhere, which kind of is the case.
His lifetime of partying sounds like a good weekend -- at least a good holiday, three-day weekend -- for me, but he exercised, or exorcised, his demons and found some contentment, it seems, and that's what's important. He is better off, because it sounds like he was a sometimes brutal, but mostly lovable, A hole when he was drinking. And almost, you know, killed himself before quitting.
Overall it was humorous and had some great moments.
Stylish Monkey
From listening to folks talk about this book and Ferguson's life before he went sober, I expected a gruesome account of a broken down life with hardly any happy moments. Instead the book does not dwell on any dark spots or too much on the drinking and drug aspect. During Craig's time with addiction, he really had a pretty good life with a band and some TV shows in England and very meaningful relationships--at least that is the way I read it. It was enjoyable to read. I am not surprised that he is so successful today despite his past drinking because he has a strong sense of life and I don't think he ever lost sight of who or where he came from. He only went to that one rehab and he has never looked back.
Kashicage
I bought this book thinking it would be great humor and a light read. I was very happy to find a lot of substance between the covers. This is an auto biography of a guy with a wild and troubled past. Incredibly honest and at times depressing account of how/why he became an alcoholic and drug addict without even knowing that he was and how he broke the cycle. It is also a hilarious tale of growing up, many random adventures, world travels, relationships, and breaking into the world of show biz. Remarkably insightful and relate able to anyone that has ever thought they were indestructible and that life would never progress passed parties and "no responsibility". Anyone that has ever wanted to be great and famous. Anyone that has ever sat back and, when reviewing their life, realized that without certain key moments in their life that seemed unimportant at the time, you would have never ended up where you are today. One change or missed chance encounter could alter everything that you know today. Also, just a great story about how this lunatic ended up a Hollywood success story without even really trying. His personality just carried him from person to person that led him here. Great story and many laugh out loud moments that many of us can relate to...especially if you were part of the party scene during your life.
American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot download epub
Arts & Literature
Author: Craig Ferguson
ISBN: 0061885452
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Arts & Literature
Language: English
Publisher: HarperLuxe; Larger Print edition (September 22, 2009)
Pages: 398 pages