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Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers

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Staff Review: "Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers" by Nick Offerman


Anyone familiar with Nick Offerman or his on-screen alter ego, Ron Swanson, will not be surprised to learn that he values gumption and those who embody it. In this book, Offerman provides profiles twenty-one Americans who inspire him with their gumption-fueled actions across a wide range of professions. For example, he includes founding fathers, writers (such as Wendell Berry and Michael Pollan), skilled tradesmen, artists, and musicians. It’s an interesting blend of thoughtful rumination, earnest admiration, puckish humor, and irreverence as he reflects upon the lives of the exemplars of gumption and draws connections from their works to current social issues. Chances are you’ll be inspired to learn more about these “troublemakers” and/or create something, possibly something made of wood. I highly recommend the audiobook, which is narrated by the author. Fans of Offerman’s humor or the television show "Parks and Recreation" are likely to enjoy this book, as well as those who are interested in woodworking.

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction

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