"The author serves up a lively and studious look at this extraordinary man, chronicling his early life in Kentucky as well has his later achievements and misadventures." Tucson Citizen"
"Compo builds a convincing case that Oates was a talented rebel often haunted by long periods of hard drinking, drug abuse and infidelities." Tucson Citizen"
"A vivid portrait of a talented actor with a raucous and self-destructive lifestyle that shortened his career and hindered his further success."Armchair Interviews"
"This is the first major biography of Oates, and Compo has done her homework, interviewing those who knew him best, including ex-wives, children, friends and costars."Wallace Stroby, New Jersey Star-Ledger"
"Extremely well-researched and well-written biography about a man who pursued happiness, hipness, and Hollywood as if he were in a fun-filled fever dream."Robert Nott, Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo"
" A Wild Life compresses a life's trajectory with a balance of tidiness and detours into some terrific anecdotes." Vue Weekly"
"An unusual and valuable book."RINF"
"Emphasizes Welles's artistic and political radicalism, which has been downplayed by numerous biographers."RINF"
" A Wild Life offers up ample anecdotes about the actor's antics."Kelly Reichardt, Film Comment"
"While Compo's recounting of these innumerable yarns is at times hard to follow, fans will find the effort worth their while."Kelly Reichardt, Film Comment"
"Susan Compo has done the necessary research and she writes quite well."JakartaGlobe"
"It's a lively, well-researched biography."Richard S. Wheeler, richardswheeler.blogspot.com"
" Warren Oates: A Wild Life benefits from terrific research by author Susan Compo. It reads not only as a sad tale of addiction but as a joyous celebration of a tortured artist, managing to describe the excess while still earning our sympathy for Oates and his demons. Additionally, fans who enjoy the films of the period from the 1950s until his death in 1983 will find some terrific anecdotes that will keep them reading late into the night."Scott Coffman, courier-journal.com"
"Incredibly voluminous, fact-packed…" Sunday Star Ledger"
"Compo's gem-laden playland of tales, anecdotes, gossip and deep character study gets you right up close to the second golden era of the silver screen, and better, takes you on one of the greatest life-trips ever lived."G.Q.com"
"[Oates] lived a hard life womanizing, drinking, and drugging along the way, but despite all sorts of obstacles, it seemed like a happy life, one he faced with a Zen-like attitude." The Santa Fe New Mexican"
"In this thoroughly readable biography, Compo gives us a vivid portrait of a talented actor with a raucous and self-destructive lifestyle that shortened his career and hindered his further success."Paul Markowitz, bookideas.com"
"In Warren Oates: A Wild Life, author Susan Compo skillfully captures the story of Oates' eventful life, indulgent lifestyle, and influential career."AHomeData.com"