Memories of the Great & the Good - eBook
Memories of the Great & the Good - eBook  -     By: Alistair Cooke
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Open Road Media
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781497697799
ISBN-13: 9781497697799

Publisher's Description

Alistair Cooke knew, met, interviewed, or reported on many of the most influential men and women of the twentieth century and in this collection profiles the twenty-three he considered the most remarkable

In his career of more than fifty years broadcasting the BBC radio program Letter from America and as the US correspondent for the Guardian for more than twenty-five years, Alistair Cooke met and mixed with many famous people. In Memories of the Great & the Good he shares his portraits of the men and women that he felt made the world a better, more stimulating place.

We read about Franklin D. Roosevelt’s maintenance of his public image by means of a gentleman’s agreement with the press and Lyndon Johnson’s masterful backroom dealings. "Eisenhower at Gettysburg" reveals a conversation between Cooke and the president, touching on everything from their mutual love of golf to what it was like to grow up in a small Kansas farming town at the turn of the twentieth century.

Literary figures including P. G. Wodehouse, Erma Bombeck, and George Bernard Shaw are succinctly sketched. And, in the final pair of essays, Cooke pays moving tribute to two of the men he admired the most: Winston Churchill and golfing legend Bobby Jones.

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

"[Memories of the Great & the Good] sparkles with enviable turns of phrase and Cooke’s keen perceptions of personality." —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"[Cooke is] a superb portraitist . . . adroit, shrewd, eloquent. It is difficult to think of any other journalist who has this combination of qualities under such command." —William F. Buckley Jr.

"Cooke’s colorful, appreciative portraits prove that one doesn’t have to be disrespectful or prurient in order to make a vivid impression." —The Christian Science Monitor

"The Churchill piece seems to me both brilliant and absolutely true. . . . a masterpiece." —Isaiah Berlin

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