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|Title: America Observed: From the 1940s to the 1980s - eBook|
By: Alistair Cooke
Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Open Road Media
|Publication Date: 2014|
Stock No: WW67810EB
Few journalists have covered the American scene as thoroughly as Alistair Cooke did. In addition to presenting the Sunday-night Letter from America broadcasts for the BBC, Cooke was the Guardians chief US correspondent for more than a quarter century, filing daily dispatches about the former colonies for his British readers.
Selected and introduced by Professor Ronald A. Wells, the pieces in America Observed showcase the full range of Cookes omnivorous interests and impressive reportorial skills. From baseball to Billy Graham, Harry S. Truman to Chappaquiddick, he depicts the defining characters and events of the American century with elegance and insight. "The Untravelled Road" is a poignant and perceptive snapshot of the civil rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama. "The Legend of Gary Cooper" eloquently summarizes the unlikely career of Americas leading man, and "A Woman of Integrity" delivers the news of Marilyn Monroes death with empathy and honesty. "The Ghastly Sixties" is a concise, candid, and ultimately inspirational chronicle of that turbulent decade.
Remarkably prescient and endlessly entertaining, the journalism collected here is some of the twentieth centurys finest.
"Cooke brings a freshness, a keen eye, a fine sense of the droll and a lovely humanity to his subjects. . . . [A] major achievement." People
"The high quality of his observations and prose have kept these dispatches freshly informative for the Americans who were originally supposed to be not his readers, but his subject." USA Today
"Those readers familiar with his TV persona will have no difficulty seeing him sitting in that comfortable chair, calmly constructing beautifully sonorous English sentences." Minneapolis Star-Tribune
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