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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.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I've enjoyed Craig Ferguson on TV, and the book is a humorous/serious autobiography. He's had an interesting life and tremendous achievement for someone who didn't even graduate... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sygam
Love-Love-Love-Craig Ferguson! He is just as funny in print as he is on his late night talk show! If you are a Craig Ferguson fan and like biographies you'll like this book! Read morePublished 3 days ago by CSW
Candid and funny, a good airline read! Craig is candid about his drug and alcohol problems but manages to put a nice spin on the virtues of recovery.Published 9 days ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm a huge fan of Craig Ferguson, to read the about the ups and downs of his profesional, and personal life keep me from putting the book down.Published 17 days ago by Robert Zuni
Never heard of Craig Ferguson until we saw him when he hosted the 4th of July: Boston Pops Celabration.
NOW love him and watch him every night ! Read more
I have always like Craig Ferguson and wanted to know more about him. This is an agonizing story, sort of the before AA handbook. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Brinkler
Good book arrived with in a week of order and well packaged. Holy Christ!Stupid thing wants more words I don't need to write a book about the book and how it arrived but as Amazon... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rodney A. Mclaughlin
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. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kelly G
I didn't do this book justice by putting it aside every time another book distracted me. It took me too long to finish it but tonight I finally decided to get it done. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JenRB