Relighting the Torch of Freedom With America's Gutsiest Troublemakers

Book - 2015
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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. Now 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.'.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2015.
ISBN: 9780525954675
Branch Call Number: 973.00207 Off
Characteristics: xvii, 382 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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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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