Relighting the Torch of Freedom With America's Gutsiest Troublemakers

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The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times bestseller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns 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."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.After the great success of his autobiography, Paddle Your Own Canoe, Offerman now focuses on the lives of those who inspired him. From George Washington to Willie Nelson, he describes a few dozen of these heroic figures and why they inspire in him such great meaning. He'll combine both serious history with light-hearted humor—comparing, say, George Washington's wooden teeth to his own experience as a woodworker. The subject matter will also allow Offerman to expound upon his favorite topics, which readers love to hear—areas such as religion, politics, woodworking and handcrafting, agriculture, creativity, philosophy, fashion, and, of course, meat.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource (10 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Offerman, Nick
OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781101914908


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Here are 21 profiles of people that inspired the author. Divided into three categories--idealists, makers, and Freemasons--each essay clearly informs of the who, what and why with Offerman's signature sense of humor. Available from Overdrive.

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Jul 09, 2019

His "dry humor" is offensive and vulgar. Who wants to listen to references to farts, shit, taking in vain the name of Jesus, butts, etc., for hours? Surely, this man could have made his point in a more respectful, honorable way that does not detract from the story he is trying to tell. I do not recommend the book.

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.

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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