Ben Yagoda

Will Rogers

A Biography

University of Oklahoma Press, April 2000

An engaging biography of beloved entertainer and homespun sage, Will Rogers provides a rare glimpse of the private man behind the legend.

“Rogers emodied old-time values, yet he ‘opportunistically’ embraced the new mass-culture media. Apostle of decency, he headlined in the ‘all-but pornographic’ Ziegfeld Follies. Yagoda…has written the fullest biography of thie AMerican icon, a resonant portrait imbued with Roger’s irreverent spirit, yet attuned to both the strengths and limitations of his commonsense, crackerbarrel world view.”

– Publishers Weekly

“Someone has finally written a good biography of Will Rogers….It’s a delight to be reminded that political humor without meanness of spirit is not only possible, but indeed is a great American tradition. Politicians and all who labor with them will relish Ben Yagoda’s Will Rogers, but so will those who enjoy show biz tidbits and vaudeville history.”

РNew  York Times Book Review