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Nick Offerman’s Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers hilariously assesses twenty-one historical figures, and his own personal heroes, ranging from George Washington and James Madison, to Eleanor Roosevelt and Willie Nelson. Well-researched and just plain funny, Offerman maintains that “gumption” remains a guiding force in the lives of America’s most notable achievers.

The title of his series of essays examines how these individuals showed “gumption” or “a willingness, even hunger, for one’s mettle to be challenged” by working hard to accomplish their goals. Offerman’s admiration for hard work is on display throughout the book, “I am always hugely inspired (and personally relieved) to learn of the hard work that was required of any of my heroes before they could arrive at the level of mastery for which they ultimately garnered renown.”

Using well-known, as well as more obscure historical figures, Offerman injects humor into history, which makes the book an entertaining, and educational read. Throughout the book, Offerman portrays perseverance, discipline, curiosity, diligence, idealism, intelligence, and courage as admirable traits – traits that are good for individuals, as well as for our country.

 
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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
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