"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." – Will Rogers.
Anybody who has picked up a newspaper or watched the news during this past year can relate to those words. American Legends: The Life of Will Rogers is an interesting biography about a fascinating man. It begins with a bit of family history and goes on to tell the tale of a man whose life was cut short in an airplane crash. He packed a great deal into his fifty-five years though, and his name is familiar to generations who followed.
We see a man who came from wealth but never exploited it. He was down to earth and honest, and although he often joked about politics, he was never mean spirited. He spoke often and strongly about freedom of speech and religion, and he believed in equality for all.
This book is very short, 34 pages, and left me wanting more. It is simply written, but gives us quite a few relevant facts about Rogers. For example, I never realized that his mother died when he was ten, and though he rarely spoke about it, that loss colored his life. If you want to know some basic facts and stories about this American legend, I recommend this book.
Publisher - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of Publication - November 27, 2013