Gumption

Gumption

Relighting the Torch of Freedom With America's Gutsiest Troublemakers

Audiobook CD - 2015
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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. Now with a second book that humorously highlights twenty-five figures from our nation's history, from her inception to present day; Nick's personal pantheon of 'great Americans.'
Published: [New York] : Penguin Audio, [2015]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781611764314
1611764319
Branch Call Number: SPOKEN CD 973.002 OFF
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (12 hr.) :,digital, CD audio ;,4 3/4 in.
audio file, CD audio, rda
digital, optical, rda

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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.

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Revacard
Oct 18, 2016

I read half the book and gave up. There needs to be more facts and less of his political ramblings and other ramblings in general. He is like a Sarah Vowell-lite (he does reference her in his book).

Positively, Offerman is a good reader of his book, and I did enjoy many of the facts in it. And I like his theme throughout the parts I read of hard work and respect for those that do.

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