Picks and Pans Review: The Best of Will Rogers

updated 01/21/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/21/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Bryan C. Sterling

Will Rogers did warm, topical American humor. The Oklahoma writer-actor used a country boy persona, shy but sly, and the quotes here were chosen to prove times have changed little since his death in 1935. On inflation: "I don't know what it's all about. I don't know any more about this than an economist does, and God knows, he don't know anything!" On England: "Poor coffee and no bathtubs have drove more Americans out of England than unfamiliarity with their language has." On politics: "If your side lost, don't take it too much to heart. Remember there is always this difference between the U.S. and a dictatorship: a dictator runs the country, but here, the country runs the President." (Crown, $10.95)

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