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3.88382352941177 out of 53.88382352941177 out of 53.88382352941177 out of 53.88382352941177 out of 53.88382352941177 out of 5 3.88 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Craig Ferguson Narrator: Craig Ferguson Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780061961458
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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.”

    People

  • “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 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 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 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 Tracy | 2/10/2014

    " Glad you joined us, Craig! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoyed the stories that Ferguson told however I expected them to be funnier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 1/25/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! It's a quick read. Craig Ferguson really laid it all out on the table. He did a good job, in my opinion, of explaining his alcoholism as well as his general path to success. The book is funny and sad (spoiler - I'm always a little sad to hear about marriages breaking up). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean | 1/21/2014

    " It was pretty good. A little too much about how everyone around him was a better person and changed his life. But still, an interesting story of his life of drugs, comedy and rehab. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krisha | 1/17/2014

    " I like Craig Ferguson. He has an immature and honest humor that I love. This book was touching, hilarious, and a little inspiring if I do say so myself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Morna | 1/17/2014

    " I picked up this book because I enjoy Craig Ferguson and that's the only reason I kept reading it. I'm sure his life was fascinating while he was living it, at least it was fascinating to someone, but it makes for rather tedious reading - even given that there are amusing moments here and there. He's just not much of a writer. Sorry, Craig. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mee Ko | 12/28/2013

    " read this on a complete whim and found it surprisingly entertaining and honest! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 12/23/2013

    " One of my favorite comedians and his tragedy to triumph story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penni Domikis | 12/17/2013

    " Love Craigyferg and his history was truly honest... Sometimes brutally so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alf Watlington | 12/8/2013

    " Very Funny. What a crazy life he has lived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Wowra | 12/2/2013

    " I love Craig Ferguson, and I loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 11/29/2013

    " Very funny and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 janet Burke | 11/14/2013

    " Very irreverent and interesting autobiography! You'll never look at Craig Ferguson the same, but if you like him you will not change your mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 10/15/2013

    " i really like craig but the book wasnt as funny he is. skimmed a bit but found it was very honest and i am very impressed with anyone who can give up drinking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 10/1/2013

    " "American by choice" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 3/31/2013

    " This book is hilarious and moving, which sounds trite but is really the only accurate description. If you have even a tiny funny bone something here will tickle it. Plus, dude's Scottish. Hawt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crstevenson76 | 2/1/2013

    " Pretty funny! Not the greatest writer but his life was interesting to read about. Lots of f words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 1/24/2013

    " good memoir of an recovered alcoholic, but said with humor. Enjoyed the stories behind his movies & non-fiction book(which I love). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miles26 | 6/11/2012

    " Reading between the lines, maybe not such a good guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Art | 1/8/2012

    " Very Interesting. I have seen Craig Ferguson on the late late show and find him very funny. The book is not really that funny it being a more serious look at his upbringing and troubled past. It is very interesting to see his life journey and how he attained success. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcella Johnson | 10/7/2011

    " Humorous and real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Stenzel | 8/1/2011

    " He is my TV Husband. I love that he is incorrigible and truly funny without making fun of any group of people and he refuses to exploit stereotypes for a laugh. That my friends is what one calls intelligent humor! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 6/28/2011

    " This is not a funny book, but it is a moving one, particularly when Ferguson discussed his alcoholism and rehab, particularly his efforts to make restitution. Really, an anatomy of addiction and recovery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/13/2011

    " I love Craigy. Reading about his life and how he came to be the person he is today was great. We have something in common in our pasts so I was interested in his take on it. He is a right good fella! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 6/7/2011

    " Loved it! Funny and interesting, even through the rough times. Ferguson is surprisingly honest and makes you feel like you can do anything. Definitely makes me want to start watching his show regularly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/3/2011

    " What an interesting story...and love the accent!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 6/1/2011

    " His story telling is clever, he has very funny moments, and what gives it it's FIFTH star, is the AUDIO. the accent really gives it context. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 5/29/2011

    " Luck, talent, circumstance, caring friends- all combine to bring Craig Ferguson where he is today. A common man celebrity memoir- Craig overcame alcohol addiction and has remained sober for over 17 years. I listened to this on audiobook and have to say my favorite part was the Glaswegian accent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/16/2011

    " Funny and interesting. Self depricating humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/15/2011

    " I expected this to make me laugh; I didn't expect it to make me cry as much as it did, though. Lovely all around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 5/15/2011

    " Brilliant story. Really glad I got it on Audible as it was read by the author. "

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About the Author
Author Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson is the host of The Late Late Show. He is the author of the novel Between the Bridge and the River and lives in Los Angeles, California.