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Reporting America

Reporting America

Alistair Cooke

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-183-1
Trim Size: 7 x 10

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Alistair Cooke was the greatest and most humane of all modern reporters and interpreters of America, his adopted country, to his native Britain and the world. Published to coincide with the centenary of his birth, this magnificent (and beautifully illustrated) book contains Cooke's dispatches, almost all of them previously uncollected, on the key moments, movements and men and women of post-war America: here are the triumphs, disasters and vicissitudes of Korea, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights movement, JFK, the moon landings, Watergate, Nixon's resignation and Clinton's scandals, right up to the war in Iraq. Interwoven with them are Cooke's reflections on the great, the good and the downright bad.

Cooke was an eyewitness to many of the events he describes--he was only yards away from Bobby Kennedy when he was assassinated in 1968--and he traveled extensively all over the United States, capturing the views of the man on the street and the nuances of regional opinion, as well as those of the presidents and policy makers to whom he had easy access. At the most dramatic and pivotal moments Cooke could be counted on to distill the chaos of immediate events to an essence easily understood by those far removed. His moving description of the attacks of September 11th, 2001 and their aftermath are exemplary of this.

Reporting America is introduced by Susan Cooke Kittredge's intimate memoir of her extraordinary father, which together with her decade-by-decade commentaries gives many wonderful insights into Alistair Cooke's life and character not previously revealed. There could be no more fitting or enjoyable tribute to the great man on what would have been his 100th birthday. Alistair Cooke enjoyed an extraordinary life in print, radio and television. Born in Manchester in 1908 and educated at the universities of Cambridge, Yale and Harvard, he was the Guardian's Senior Correspondent in New York for twenty-five years and the host of groundbreaking cultural programs on American television and of the BBC series America.

He was, however, best known both at home and abroad for his weekly BBC radio broadcast Letter from America, which reported on fifty-eight years of US life, was heard over five continents and totaled 2,869 broadcasts before his retirement in February 2004, far and away the longest-running radio series in broadcasting history.

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