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Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest… (original 2015; edição 2015)

por Nick Offerman (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers
Autores:Nick Offerman (Autor)
Informação:Dutton (2015), Edition: Illustrated, 400 pages
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Eight-hour road trip to pick up a new puppy! I have the hardcover out from the library, but decided to check out the audiobook instead, crank the playback speed up to 1.25x on the way there and 1.5x on the way back to see if I could get most of the way through this book in one day. (I finished the last half hour on a walk the next day.)

So this book will be forever associated with driving with my left hand while scratching behind the ears of a Golden Retriever pup with my right.

And hey, it's fine in its own right also. Offerman amuses with brief bios of Americans he admires, historical and contemporary. I was surprised by the entries for Yoko Ono and Laurie Anderson, but found myself agreeing with their inclusion. He uses some of them as jumping off points to make little digressions into areas about which he has opinions, and we agree more often than not, so that's nice.

I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much without Offerman's voice, or with his voice at the original playback speed. (1.25x was best.) ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 19, 2020 |
Nick Offerman is always a delight to read, fantastic voice that comes through very clearly, and the humor is wonderful! ( )
  ptrsdwski | Jul 16, 2019 |
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Teddy R.
I enjoyed listening to Nick Offerman narrate his 21 chapter tribute to the people he designates as having gumption.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 2 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 3 JAMES MADISON 4 FREDERICK DOUGLASS PART 2 IDEALISTS 5 THEODORE ROOSEVELT 6 FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED 7 ELEANOR ROOSEVELT 8 TOM LAUGHLIN 9 WENDELL BERRY 10 BARNEY FRANK 11 YOKO ONO 12 MICHAEL POLLAN PART 3 MAKERS 13 THOMAS LIE-NIELSEN 14 NAT BENJAMIN 15 GEORGE NAKASHIMA 16 CAROL BURNETT 17 JEFF TWEEDY 18 GEORGE SAUNDERS 19 LAURIE ANDERSON 20 WILLIE NELSON 21 CONAN O’BRIEN.
I learned a bit about each of these folks and a lot more about the author whose opinions are delivered with a nice blend of common sense and wit. ( )
  novelcommentary | Jan 5, 2019 |
Yes, I admit it, I love Nick Offerman. I didn't at first, not when all I knew was early Ron Swanson before I understood the character, and while I was conflating him with the actor who portrayed him. But then Ron grew on me, and I came to understand Nick's work in a larger sense, and now virtually everything of his I see or read makes him dearer to me.

While Gumption does have a personal slant to some degree, it's not autobiographical like Paddle Your Own Canoe. Rather, it's a highly personal, utterly subjective look at Americans who Offerman believes had/have gumption, a trait that I think he identifies as a very American one. He begins with George Washington (of course) and it's an interesting and amusing profile, but the chapter on James Madison is one of the more informative ones and should be a must-read for Civics classes. (Do schools even still teach Civics? Sometimes it seems as if that went by the wayside not long after I graduated from high school.)

Later chapters are populated with the likes of Frederick Law Olmstead (designer of Central Park), Frederick Douglass, Wendell Berry, and Willie Nelson among many other heroes in Offerman's pantheon. In each case he discusses why these people should be included, and again, in many cases the personal trumps the objective, though he makes good cases for everyone.

I came away from this book with a long reading list, which is the ideal outcome for a book like this, at least in my opinion. I want to know more about Olmstead, I've begun reading a Michael Pollen book, and am enjoying the heck out of it, I'm listening to Willie Nelson again with new appreciation.

Not everyone is going to find Offerman as endearing as I do. He's more liberal than not, and that puts a lot of backs up (not that he cares) and he is a practical man who understands human frailty. I love the guy, weird as he often seems. Or maybe because he seems kind of odd. I like odd. I was raised with odd.

Give it a shot. If you can, listen to the audiobook which is read by Nick to get the full force of his personality. If you're like me, he'll have you giggling almost immediately, and laughing out loud often. ( )
1 vote Tracy_Rowan | Jun 19, 2018 |
I was really enjoying this audiobook, learning a little obscure American history facts, and chuckling here and there. But doggone it, it got mighty preachy and full of foul language. I’m a history geek so it wasn’t much new, and he and I diverge on our opinions on what was good for our country and what wasn’t. No need to get preached at by someone using f*** and s*** and endless sexual references. So I have bailed. ( )
  KarenMonsen | May 29, 2018 |
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For Cathy and Ric Offerman -- my dear mom and dad -- who first taught me the ways of gumption; and for Mike Schur, for teaching me that we can still be very funny while saying "I love you."
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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.

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