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Letter from America, 1946-2004

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ISBN-10: 1400044022

ISBN-13: 9781400044023

Edition: 2004

Authors: Alistair Cooke

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For over half a century, Alistair Cooke entertained and informed millions of listeners around the world in his weekly BBC radio program Letter from America. An outstanding observer of the American scene, he became one of the world’s best-loved broadcasters, and a foreigner who helped Americans better understand themselves. Here, in print for the first time, is a collection of Cooke’s finest reports that celebrates the inimitable style of this wise and avuncular reporter. Beginning with his first letter in 1946, a powerful description of American GIs returning home, and ending with his last broadcast in February 2004, in which he expressed his views on the United States presidential…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/9/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 528
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Alistair Cooke is a journalist and broadcaster. Cooke was born in Manchester, England on November 20, 1908. He obtained his education at Cambridge, Yale, and Harvard. His career is based on his observations of American life and culture. Cooke worked as a correspondent for NBC and as a special correspondent for the London Times and the Guardian. He is perhaps most famous for his BBC weekly broadcast, "Letter From America," which has been successful for over fifty years because of its sophisticated wit. Cooke became well-known in the United States as host for Omnibus for nine years and later as host of the Masterpiece Theatre. He has also written numerous books including the bestsellers…    

Editor's note
The 1940s
The immigrant strainp. 3
Damon Runyon's Americap. 8
Roughing itp. 13
Joe Louisp. 18
Washington, DCp. 23
The fall of New Englandp. 32
Letter to an intending immigrantp. 40
The 1950s
The summer bachelorp. 47
It's a democracy, isn't it?p. 52
The European's Americap. 57
Getting away from it allp. 62
The court and the Negrop. 67
The colonel of the plainsp. 73
HLM : RIPp. 78
The road to Churchill Downsp. 85
Politics and the human animalp. 92
General Marshallp. 96
The 1960s
Beizbolp. 105
Robert Frostp. 109
The fatherp. 115
The assassinationp. 121
LBJp. 126
Has the world gone to pot?p. 131
John McLaren's follyp. 136
The well-dressed American, man!p. 142
A lonely manp. 147
Vietnamp. 151
A bad night in Los Angelesp. 159
Making a home of a housep. 165
Telling one country about anotherp. 170
Peglerp. 178
'Eternal vigilance' - by whom?p. 184
The 1970s
The letter from Long Islandp. 191
Give thanks, for what?p. 196
The Dukep. 201
The end of the affairp. 206
I'm all right, Jackp. 210
No cabinet officers need applyp. 215
Christmas in Vermontp. 219
Mr. Olmsted's parkp. 223
The retiring kindp. 228
Two for the roadp. 234
The spy that came down in the coldp. 239
A letter from Long Islandp. 244
The presidential earp. 248
The 1980s
Bringing up babyp. 255
Attempted assassination of President Reaganp. 259
The Fourth of Julyp. 263
Old man Reaganp. 268
Inaugurals - on and offp. 272
Memories of 11 Novemberp. 277
Miss much - no regretp. 281
Expert witnessp. 286
The drugs blightp. 290
Time to retirep. 295
Martin Luther King - the black Washingtonp. 299
Fred Astairep. 304
Origins of American slangp. 308
Mayor Koch at workp. 312
Hurricanesp. 316
Chaplin - the last wordp. 321
San Francisco earthquakep. 325
The 1990s
Presidential ghostsp. 333
The end of the eighties - great or greedy?p. 337
Fighting in what?p. 341
Riots in Los Angelesp. 347
White House stylep. 351
The Irish in New York Cityp. 354
'Give me your tired, your poor ...'p. 358
Thirtieth anniversary of Kennedy assassinationp. 362
Bostonp. 366
Trick or treatp. 371
Fiftieth anniversary of VE dayp. 375
O.J. - the verdictp. 379
The old rocking chairp. 383
Silver Watergatep. 388
The end of civilizationp. 392
The Kennedy missile tapesp. 396
The evolution of the grand juryp. 401
The president will address the nationp. 405
New words for objects new and oldp. 410
Loneliness, male companionship and the huntp. 415
Park Avenue's colourful Christmasp. 420
2000 - 2004
The death of the old mediap. 427
Running mates and carpetbaggersp. 430
The day of judgementp. 435
The origin of the continental blow-outp. 439
America's day of terrorp. 442
America on standbyp. 446
The stars and stripesp. 450
Messiah at Christmasp. 454
Ringing the changesp. 458
Arise, Sir Rudolphp. 462
The day the money stoppedp. 466
Memory of a true greatp. 470
The last of the old-time gangstersp. 474
Farewell to San Franciscop. 478
Remembering a dear friendp. 483
Meeting the starsp. 487
The pledge of allegiancep. 491
Towering glass and steelp. 494
Charlie Addamsp. 498
The Democrats' growing confidencep. 501
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