Burt Boyar


Burt was a syndicated Broadway columnist in New York until he and his late wife, Jane, met and became best friends with Sammy Davis, Jr. and together they wrote Sammy's internationally Best Selling autobiography, YES I CAN. The NY Herald Tribune critic, Maurice Dolbier,called it "One of the most candid, engrossing and important American autobiographies of our time." And Brothers Judd-Audible.com wrote, "..one of the really great autobiographies ever written."
Jane and Burt rented a beach house in Marbella, Spain for 9 months and stayed for 28 years, giving up a rent-controlled apartment on Park Avenue in New York. They traveled the world for two years with the greatest tennis players of the time, Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, etc and wrote the novel WORLD CLASS based on the dynamics of the world class athlete. Then, with Sammy, they wrote WHY ME? a sequel to YES I CAN. And, as a result of living in Spain for so long, in a house owned by General Franco's daughter, they wrote the historically valuable HITLER STOPPED BY FRANCO. After Jane's passing of a heart attack in her sleep Burt returned home to the U.S and settled in Los Angeles.

Where to find Burt Boyar online


Why Me? The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 146,330. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Why Me? is the self-portrait of one of the extraordinary men of our time, who became a figure of controversy because he dared to live his life not as a Negro but as a man.
Hitler Stopped by Franco
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,330. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
The amazing, untold story of how Generalísimo Francisco Franco, Caudillo of Spain, out-negotiated Adolf Hitler and aided the Allies in winning World War II.
World Class
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 189,850. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 1 review)
A book about winning. Not just in tennis, but in life. Get into the brains of world class athletes. You will understand why when two physically equal players meet, one can beat the other. Get into their brains, their backgrounds, into the locker rooms at Wimbledon, Davis Cup and the public courts on which they started. In this book the reader will see the majesty of morality and the human spirit.
Invisible Scars
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,910. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Invisible Scars is a novel set in Texas and Spain. It is the story of a beautiful, wealthy Texas girl, America Harvey, who suffers a personal tragedy, the needless death of her five year old daughter. She does her best to cope with the loss, becoming a jet pilot and finally starting her own airline delivery service, then goes to Spain to visit her best friend...
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,910. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(5.00 from 1 review)
An amazing life. As a New Yorker brought up in the world of Broadway theater, the author, Burt Boyar, became a child radio actor in the late 1930’s, early 40’s. Then he became a caviar taster, a polo player, a widely syndicated Broadway columnist, close friend and biographer to Sammy Davis, Jr. with the worldwide Best Selling book, Yes I Can.
Yes I Can: the story of Sammy Davis Jr
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 239,790. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography
(5.00 from 1 review)
In Yes I Can, his 1965 worldwide Number One Best Selling autobiography, Sammy Davis recounts the extraordinary obstacles he overcame to become the undisputed world’s greatest entertainer. A half century after it became an immediate bestseller, Yes I can is still an intensely absorbing book, full of the vitality and aggressive greatness of Sammy Davis, Jr.

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  • Golden State Blues on April 30, 2014

    5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS PAGE-TURNER April 20, 2014 By Burt Boyar This marvelous book, superbly written, is the story of a man who sees his state of California and all of its God given glory being trampled on and destroyed by self-serving "public servants," the police and teachers' unions and decides to do something about it by becoming Governor. Once in office he starts to clean house. He addresses issues such as officials of bankrupt towns paying themselves salaries in the hundreds of thousand of dollars. He fires them. When some reject his dismissal because they were voted into office he finds ways to oust them, cutting budgets he controls, etc. He empties the prisons of illegal immigrants (saving California millions) by sending them to Nevada and Colorado He is a ruthless dream come true who literally fixes a broken state. His actions that eliminate insane spending fill the State's coffers so well that he is able to remove sales tax and state income tax. Some of the many toes he steps on reach out for help to Washington, D.C. and when the lady president of the U.S.A. cannot reach him (he won't take her many calls) she threatens to cut Federal funding, to which he is able to reply, "Keep your money, we don't need it." California is rich again. In the course of his house cleaning he confronts the Legislators in Sacramento who decide "We'll show him" and leave town and their responsibilities. In the absence of a legislature he is able to assume powers to further clean the mess and crookery. This is not a book for supporters of illegal immigrants and other darlings of the liberal Left. Hopefully it will be an inspiration to some politician who will see that it can be done, that The United States of America can be raised from the dust. The ending broke my heart, when the Legislators, hungry for their lost power, re-convene, vote for impeachment and are supported by the liberal Left voters and this brilliant man is removed from office man. In his absence they begin to re-instate all of the destructive, unaffordable policies he had abolished and by which he had saved the State. Sadly, the author who writes and thinks brilliantly, is a realist and understands the inevitable. I strongly recommend this book to everyone, Conservatives who'll say "Yeah!!!" and Liberals who might become influenced by the other side of the aisle's thinking. That is, if they are truly liberal. This is a great book.