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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
AuthorCraig Ferguson
CountryUnited States
PublisherHarper (imprint)
Publication date
September 22, 2009
Media typeAudiobook, Ebook, Print (hardcover)
Pages288 (Hardcover)
ISBN978-0-06-171954-7 (Hardcover)

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 February 12, 2011.