Relighting the Torch of Freedom With America's Gutsiest Troublemakers

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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.

After the great success of his autobiography, Paddle Your Own Canoe , Offerman now 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 light-hearted 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, fashion, and, of course, meat.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Penguin Publishing Group, 2015.
ISBN: 9780698194441
Characteristics: 1 online resource (336 pages)


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Humorist and actor Nick Offerman reflects on great Americans in Gumption--and of course the Cubs get a mention. Bonus: The Cubs win the 2017 World Series in the finale of Parks and Recreation, in which Offerman played Ron Swanson.

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ArapahoeChuck Feb 14, 2019

An interesting list of favorite American's. Definitely skewed to the authors personality and tastes, but an interesting list non-the-less.

JCLAndrewE Apr 03, 2018

Nick Offerman's second book is a delightful collection of musings and anecdotes that he's researched, and collected over his life. From his respect for a selection of our Founding Fathers, to luminaries like Carol Burnett, Yoko Ono, Willie Nelson, and Wendell Berry, Offerman weaves a wonderful and accessible book.

Nick waxes from poetic, to political seamlessly, with enough dry humor to keep you entertained. He also allows for a fair deal of heart to enter the stories he tells. From walking through Central Park and making it come alive as a dynamic and historic place to visiting Yoko Ono's flat, and realizing that Yoko had never left the tragic site of John's brutal murder. Explaining each time how it effected him to be in such powerful places.

I'd highly recommend this book to anyone, and in particular, the audio-book as Nick's narration is fantastic, and in such an intimate book hearing the author's voice is a welcome treat. In the Audio, you're also made aware through his vocalization that some of the "weakness" in his writing was created in a self-deprecating way to add humor, and honor those of which he's interviewing as true masters of the craft that is authorship.

Feb 17, 2016

This was a decent book but the writing quality was a tad weak. I thought he picked interesting people to biography and his research unearthed some interesting facts about them but I just felt as though it would have been much better if authored by someone with stronger writing skills.

Oct 28, 2015

Some people may enjoy the book more than me. I did not care for the style of writing.


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