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I listened to the audiobook of this book (which I highly recommend as it is narrated by the author and who doesn't love Nick Offerman's voice?) and enjoyed it. I liked Offerman's idea of creating a list of inspirational Americans who exhibited gumption and did great things.
The list of people included in this book is varied. It features many prominent figures in history as well as people I had never heard of but am definitely interested in learning more about (at the end of this review, you can find the list of people mentioned in its entirety).
Overall, I thought this was a good book. Yes, Offerman goes off on weird tangents and sometimes it's hard to keep track of who he is even talking about. Yes, he uses ridiculously big words that are really unnecessary most of the time. But the book is also funny, educational, and inspirational. It is a great way to learn about some amazing Americans and their contributions in an entertaining way.
I didn't necessary agree with or like all of the people included in the list, but it was still interesting to hear various anecdotes and Offerman's reasons for choosing them. Interesting book. Highly recommend the audiobook.
This book features chapters on:
Part 1: Freemasons: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Frederick Douglass
Part 2: Idealists: Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Law Olmsted, Eleanor Roosevelt, Tom Laughlin, Wendell Berry, Barney Frank, Yoko Ono, Michael Pollan
Part 3: Markers: Thomas Lie-Nielsen, Nat Benjamin, George Nakashima, Carol Burnett, Jeff Tweedy, George Saunders, Laurie Anderson, Willie Nelson, Conan O'Brien