Gumption [relighting the torch of freedom with America's gutsiest troublemakers]

Nick Offerman, 1970-

Sound recording - 2015

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the best-selling Paddle Your Own Canoe pays tribute to inspiring mischief makers, from George Washington to Willie Nelson, while expounding on such topics as religion, handcrafting and meat.

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Published
New York, NY : Penguin Audio p2015.
Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Item Description
Title from container.
Physical Description
10 audio discs (12 hrs.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN
9781611764314
1611764319
Main Author
Nick Offerman, 1970- (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Offerman explores some of his favorite historical and present-day people, all under the theme of gumption: an ability to charge ahead, be one's own person, and find not just the right way but one's own unique way in the world. His list begins with figures of American history such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Theodore Roosevelt, but evolves to include some unexpected and fascinating characters such as landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, furniture maker George Nakashima, and comedian Conan O'Brien. Offerman has a deep and projective voice that is lovably languid. He's in no rush to relay his thoughts and clearly relishes the telling. His enthusiasm for his subjects is always evident but never over-the-top. Several mistakes in the production of the second half of the audiobook (such as background noise and repeated lines) distract from an otherwise entertaining performance by Offerman. A Dutton hardcover. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The star of "Parks and Recreation" pays tribute to inspiring mischief makers, from George Washington to Willie Nelson, while expounding on such topics as religion, handcrafting, and meat.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.