For depression-era America, there was probably no more beloved character than Will Rogers. Dubbed the cowboy philosopher, he was a top attraction in movies, a star on the radio, and a much-quoted newspaper columnist. His wryly humorous
observations on ordinary life, especially politics, endeared him to millions.
Then suddenly in the summer of 1935 came the shocking news -Will Rogers was
dead. Only 55, at the height of his immense fame, he was killed in the crash of a small
plane on the shore of the Arctic Ocean in northernmost Alaska.
Drawing on extensive original research, the
author recounts the tragic story with a wealth of
new detail. In addition to a full discussion and
analysis of the crash, this compelling narrative
provides a moving portrait of the unfortunate
Mary Rogers, Will's daughter, whose life was
greatly undone by her father's untimely death.
John Evangelist Walsh is the author of
biographies on Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe,
and John Keats, among others, and is the author
of the definitive article on the legend of Babe
Ruth's "called shot."