Written By: Craig Ferguson

Narrated By: Craig Ferguson

Date: September 2009

Duration: 7 hours 25 minutes

Summary:

“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.”  — Dennis Lehane, New York Times Bestselling author of The Given Day

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: success on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and later as the host of CBS's 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.

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.

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  • Gerrell P.

    Craig reading this book himself made it even funnier. I love books like this bc the stars let u in on their lives like never before. The fact that he let it all out is an A+. Great Book Mr. Ferguson!

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  • Lizzie B.

    Ferguson does not put a glossy tint on his past. Though I did get the sense that he did paint a bit in the abstract, when it came to his new chosen country. Perhaps it's the voice of a hopeful author. perhaps I'm merely a cynic. Nevertheless it's worth a listen. He does tell some good stories. And thank the universe he got sober. and stayed that way.

  • Jennifer G.

    Ferguson is a terrific writer, painting vivid pictures of life in Scotland, life in The American entertainment industry and life as a raging to recovered alcoholic. He mixes laugh out loud descriptions with heart-warming expressions of affection. He’s honest, real and smart. I LOVED this book.

  • Ioannis T.

    Love every single bit of it..

  • Nick Cappelletti

    Was a very entertaining book, love that he narrated it himself

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