$18.95. biog Phillips was the prototypical oil man: hard working, fun loving, powerful, flamboyant, and richthe ideal subject for a book. But this is not an ideal biographyit looks closely at Phillips, but not too hard. The author eschews a rigorous examination of his subject's life and work, giving us the light-and-easy approach instead. Frequently, Wallis resorts to cliches, and lacks a sense of proportion, emphasizing Phillips's social life as much as his business dealings. We learn much more than we want to about the high life at the Phillips ranch and much less than we should about the structure and management of Phillips Petroleum. Public libraries in Oklahoma will want this. Kevin M. Rosswurm, Mount Vernon P.L., N.Y.
Michael Wallis is the bestselling author of Route 66, Billy the Kid, Pretty Boy, and David Crockett. He hosts the PBS series American Roads. He plays The Sheriff in the animated Pixar feature Cars. He lives with his wife in Tulsa, Oklahoma.