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American on Purpose

American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot is a memoir written by entertainer Craig Ferguson.[1]

American on Purpose:
The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
Author Craig Ferguson
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Harper (imprint)
Publication date
September 22, 2009
Media type Audiobook, Ebook, Print (hardcover)
Pages 288 (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-06-171954-7 (Hardcover)
OCLC 436441171

The book details various experiences over several decades in Ferguson's life from his days in Scotland through his migration to the United States; the rise of his performing career in the United Kingdom, then Hollywood, and eventual acquisition of US citizenship in early 2008. He tells about his assorted jobs as a musician in a punk rock band, a bouncer, a construction worker, comic and actor along the way, as well as his struggle with alcoholism, past recreational drug use, and contemplation of suicide at a low point in his life.

In December 2010 the audiobook version, read by Ferguson, was nominated for a Best Spoken Word Album Grammy.[2][3]


A few weeks before and after the book went on sale, Ferguson's The Late Late Show featured a recurring segment called "Celebrities Read Excerpts from Craig's Book", with various celebrity guests reading anecdotes from the book in a green-screened library set.


  1. ^ HarperCollins book page
  2. ^ Shaun Robinson (Reporter), Craig Ferguson (2010). Craig Ferguson Surprised Over 2011 Grammy Nomination For Best Spoken Word Album (Interview). Los Angeles, CA: Access Hollywood. Retrieved on 2011-2-12.
  3. ^ "Grammy Awards 2011: Complete nominees for 53rd Grammy Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-02-12.