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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.
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
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