Reporting America by Alistair Cooke

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For nearly sixty years, Alistair Cooke reported on American life. Now, to coincide with what would be his 100th birthday, the Overlook Press is proud to publish Reporting America, which collects Cooke's coverage of the most momentous half-century in American history.

Compiling his most striking and significant essays and "letters," Reporting America is one of the more important and compelling accounts of modern America to be put to paper. A naturalized U.S. citizen originally hailing from Britain, Cooke had his finger on the pulse of America from World War II up to modern times. His beloved broadcast, Letter from America, saw 11 presidents in office, four wars, and an incredible shift in American culture and life. He adored the U.S. as only a naturalized citizen could, and his reports were incisive and often moving. Reading Cooke's reporting gives new life to the crucial moments in our history and culture he sought to capture and share with the world.

Reporting America also features an introduction by Cooke's daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge, in which she provides an intimate memoir of her father, as well as commentary throughout the book on her father's legacy. Kittredge's memories offer a rare insight into the personal life of the man who many knew only as the voice of Letter from America and the host of CBS's Omnibus and PBS's Masterpiece Theatre.


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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 Alistair Cooke's America, Six Men, and Fun and Games with Alistair Cooke. In 1973, Cooke was made an honorary Knight of the British Empire.
Published November 26, 2008 by Overlook Hardcover. 400 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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A fitting tribute to Cooke and his accounts of postwar America, this collection of his dispatches ranging from the soldiers of WWII coming home in 1946 to the threat of Saddam in 2004 coincides wit

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