America Observed: From the 1940s to the 1980s - eBook
America Observed: From the 1940s to the 1980s - eBook  -     By: Alistair Cooke
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Open Road Media
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781497639959
ISBN-13: 9781497639959

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The definitive survey of Alistair Cooke’s brilliant career as a newspaperman

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 Guardian’s 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 Cooke’s 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 America’s leading man, and "A Woman of Integrity" delivers the news of Marilyn Monroe’s 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 century’s finest.

Author Bio

Alistair Cooke, KBE (1908–2004), was a legendary British American journalist, television host, and radio broadcaster. He was born in Lancashire, England, and after graduating from the University of Cambridge, was hired as a journalist for the BBC. He rose to prominence for his London Letter reports, broadcast on NBC Radio in America during the 1930s. Cooke immigrated to the United States in 1937. In 1946, he began a tradition that would last nearly six decades—his Letter from America radio appearances on the BBC. Cooke was also beloved as the host of PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre for twenty-one years. He wrote many books, both collections of his Letters from America and other projects. After his death, the Fulbright Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism was established to support students from the United Kingdom seeking to study in the United States, and vice versa.

Editorial Reviews

"[A] rewarding collection . . . from Cooke’s more than a quarter century of reporting on the American scene. . . . [A] wonderful, entertaining book." —Chicago Tribune

"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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