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Publisher's Summary

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times best seller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights 21 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 21 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 listeners love to hear - areas such as religion, politics, woodworking and handcrafting, agriculture, creativity, philosophy, fashion, and, of course, meat.
©2015 Nick Offerman (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nicholas Cottrell on 02-02-16

A great series of short biographies.

None of the subjects are delved into too deeply, but a breadth of great Americans are highlighted here in enough detail to make you look knowledgeable at a cocktail party, all delivered in Offerman's erudite style.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kevin on 07-23-15

Inspirational

I am big fan of Nick Offerman and his works. Even more so now. I am not much of a reader, mainly because I find myself dozing off after a page or two of any book, so audio is definitely my favorite option. The author's voice is very pleasant I must say. -Nick, if things don't work out with Mr. Tweedy, I would gladly take his place. haha. However, I am also a heterosexual and married to and outstanding woman whom I still sometimes don't understand how I managed to land- While I cannot say I agree with 100% of his political views, I respect and can understand his opinions. And as I've learned, I feel the author would nod in approval. I enjoyed the bits of history and will be researching more about the lives of the people on his list.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in understanding the importance of progressing the "togetherness of humankind". From this book, and his last, I have grow in maturity and have truly come to know myself better; or at least now I have a better way to explain how I really feel about religion and the world.

I rate this book a 5 across the board. Nick is a great story teller and I do hope he will be writing another soon.

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5 out of 5 stars
By swicketts on 01-18-17

a great listen

Nick Offermans book is brilliant, it's funny and informative, and he gives a great insight into the American hero's. I'd happily listen to nick read a phone book or maybe a menu

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5 out of 5 stars
By Angieflibble on 12-03-16

Fascinating

I absolutely loved this book. The first half was filled with names I knew and stories about them I didn't. I'm not American so Eleanor Roosevelt was just a President's wife until this.

The second half of the book I was absolutely entranced by. There is nothing quite like listening to an enthusiast talk on their favourite subject. I find it utterly fascinating. If you had told me that I would have stayed sitting in the car listening to the end of a chapter on a guy who makes hand tools for woodwork I would have laughed in your face but somehow the genuine passion and respect that he has for the chosen subjects absolutely hooked me.

I have recommended this book to just about everyone I have spoken to since I finished it. I recommend it to you too.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Adrianne Jerrett on 09-03-16

Inspiring

I think this book has something for everyone and contains important lessons and ponderings we all need to hear. The stories of the people contained in this book are bound to inspire you to find your own gumption. I know they have helped encourage me and solidified my motivation to follow my passions instead of trudging through my day job forever. Thank you for this collection of stories compiled in a witty manner Nick. Thank yoy

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5 out of 5 stars
By jdk on 02-27-17

Wise, Funny, Inspiring

Mr Offerman, in his book gumption selects a cabal of America's best to whimsically suggest a path forward in this age of alt-virtue.

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