Books: Oklahoma Kidder

WILL ROGERS, THE MAN AND HIS TIMES

by RICHARD M. KETCHUM 415 pages. American Heritage. $12.95.

"I never met a man I didn't like," is his best-remembered saying. He meant it, lived by it and, in the sense that it is inscribed on his tombstone, died with it. Yet it offers a curiously one-dimensional view of the cowboy-performer-columnist-humorist-philosopher who in his day was probably the most beloved man in the world.

Similarly, this biography is wonderfully illustrated-with a helping hand from Will Rogers, who from boyhood on was addicted to getting himself in front of...

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