Since I'm a huge fan of the television show Parks and Recreation and his character Ron Swanson, I enjoyed listening to Nick Offerman’s "Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers". It turns out that I could listen to him say just about anything and that sums up the wide variety of topics and themes he addresses in this book.
This book gave him the opportunity to express his philosophies on life and political stances by sharing stories of his personal heroes and his connections to them. I wasn't aware many of his heroes but his chapter on my hero, Eleanor Roosevelt, made my heart happy. Plus, I finally learned why we call them Teddy Bears and that’s thanks to Theodore Roosevelt.
I almost gave this book more stars but I was disappointed in the ending. I really felt like he was leading the readers towards selecting his wife as his final hero but instead he picked Conan O'Brien and his struggles and scandals with being a late night talk show host. It wasn't the way I was hoping he would wrap up this story but it’s still an entertaining read.
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.