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3.00024396194194 out of 53.00024396194194 out of 53.00024396194194 out of 53.00024396194194 out of 53.00024396194194 out of 5 3.00 (8,198 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Craig Ferguson Narrator: Craig Ferguson Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “A great read…Almost as good as my memoir.”

    Carrie Fisher, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Hilariously vivid.”


  • “A fine writer, witty, reflective, and candid…Ferguson is a kinetic cutup teeming with foolishness, brilliance, defiance, and heart. All this is captured in his book as an entertaining connect-the-dots journey.”

    Associated Press

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the October 2009 Indie Next List
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A 2001 Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album
  • A 2009 iTunes Best Nonfiction Pick
  • Amazon Best Books of the Year, 2009

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by quasar | 3/30/2016

    " Great book and very inspiring! I've been a big fan of Craig since he was on the Drew Carey show and this just reinforces my admiration of him. Highly recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susanne | 2/15/2014

    " If you've ever watched The Late Late Show, then you won't be surprised by the uncensored language in this book, but there is A LOT of it. It's worth the read if your a CF fan. I guess I was expecting more, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karin | 2/11/2014

    " A good read! Craig (and I feel I can call him Craig now) invites the reader into his personal story from childhood, youth and up to his present work on the Late Late Show. This level of open honesty reveals some surprising experiences, opinion and core values about himself and others. And he's funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tracy | 2/10/2014

    " Glad you joined us, Craig! "

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About the Author
Author Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson is the host of The Late Late Show. He has worked as a drummer, a bartender, a stand-up comedian, and an actor on The Drew Carey Show. His novel, Between the Bridge and the River, was published in 2006. He lives in Los Angeles.