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Author: Nick Offerman Narrator: Nick Offerman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9780698402799
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The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times bestseller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights twenty-one figures from our nation’s history, from her inception to present day—Nick’s personal pantheon of “great Americans.”

To millions of people, Nick Offerman is America. Both Nick and his character, Ron Swanson, are known for their humor and patriotism in equal measure.

Offerman focuses on the lives of those who inspired him. From George Washington to Willie Nelson, he describes twenty-one heroic figures and why they inspire in him such great meaning. He combines both serious history with lighthearted humor—comparing, say, Benjamin Franklin’s abstinence from daytime drinking to his own sage refusal to join his construction crew in getting plastered on the way to work. The subject matter also allows Offerman to expound upon his favorite topics, which readers love to hear—areas such as religion, politics, woodworking and handcrafting, agriculture, creativity, philosophy, and fashion.

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  • “From well-known historical figures to more obscure men, Offerman smartly infuses history with humor, the result of which is an entertaining, educational reading experience…Surprisingly, however, the author is at his best when he momentarily deviates from humor to reflect on society’s more serious problems. From partisanship to homophobia to the separation of church and state, Offerman utilizes his heroes as entry points to explore a range of subjects….His ability to vacillate between gruff history teacher and concerned citizen gives readers a reason to demonstrate their own gumption and follow him to the end. A smart book of straight talk where laughter and logic meet.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Offerman has a deep and projective voice that is lovably languid. He’s in no rush to relay his thoughts and clearly relishes the telling. His enthusiasm for his subjects is always evident but never over-the-top…[An] entertaining performance by Offerman.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “This funny audiobook combines the author’s Parks and Recreation persona with his real-life self to bring us character sketches of twenty-one Americans who inspire him. He tries to portray them as people who’ve walked off the beaten path, with limited success, but he has a storyteller’s soul and a friendly wit. As narrator, Offerman has the requisite vocal training to pronounce every word clearly and to keep the book moving….A fun audiobook.”

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About the Author

Nick Offerman is an actor, humorist, woodworker, and narrator who has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration as well as numerous Earphones Awards. He has appeared in the television shows Will & Grace, Parks & Recreation, and Children’s Hospital, the movies Somebody Up There Likes Me, Kings of Summer, Infinity Baby, and Smashed, and the comedy tour Summer of 69: No Apostrophe.