Relighting the Torch of Freedom With America's Gutsiest Troublemakers

Book - 2015
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To millions of readers and viewers, Nick Offerman reminds them of what they love about American- Craggy features draped in verdant foliage. A healthy supply of fresh meat and deciduous hardwoods. This grizzly bear and the beaver. The persistent Breeze. As a humorist, woodworker, and actor, Offerman aspires to remind us of our obligation to nurture those very American qualities that we adore. Liberty. Hard work. Decency. A love of creativity and telling it like it is. A reverence for the natural resources and beauty that surround all of us. And, of course, the pith required to stand up for those things. As a reasonably flawed human being, Offerman relies upon the inspiration of great Americans to keep him on the straight and narrow. Twenty-one of them, to be precise. For example- George Washington's vocabulary and strapping muscle Benjamin Franklin's ingenuity, diplomacy, and thoughts on farting Frederick Douglass's self-education, erudition, and boat building Theodore Roosevelt's passion for the outdoors, face-punching, and resemblance to the Bull Moose Wendell Berry's venerable talent as a writer, moralist, farmer, and chuckle-smith Michael Pollan's intrepid social research on where to find good food and how to eat it, and also his nice teeth Yoko Ono's visionary artworks and unrelenting commitment to imagine peace Jeff Tweedy's beautiful face and equally lovely stance that creating art is the best defense against political malaise Offerman's particular perspective on each subject, rendered with pork-fueled insight, mirth, and the knack for coming across impolitely without being rude makes for elucidating, amusing, and celebratory portraits of his esteemed troublemakers, suggesting to us in no uncertain terms that gumption is precisely the trait that all of us must foster - including America herself - if we ever hope to attain true greatness Varying opinions on Gumption - 'A most impressive achievement. In tedium. (JK. I rib.)' James Madison 'The only aspect of this book that I would sanction is the typeface.' Eleanor Roosevelt 'Not quite so scurrilous as O'Reilly's latest.' George Washington 'On the flowery side.' Mother Nature 'Like any properly spirited American man, I am apeshit about killing animals.' Theodore Roosevelt
Publisher: New York : Dutton, [2015]
ISBN: 9780525954675
Characteristics: xvii, 382 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number: 973.00207 OFF


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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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