Alistair Cooks American Journey by Alistair Cook

By Alistair Cook

"Alistair Cooke's American trip: lifestyles at the domestic entrance within the moment international struggle" is a unprecedented travelogue, celebrating the spirit of a state that might encourage Cooke's mythical pronounces for the following sixty years. inside weeks of the Pearl Harbor assault in 1941, Cooke trigger to work out the consequences of the warfare on usual americans, from miners to lumberjacks, Pullman porters to peanut farmers or even Japanese-Americans interned in stark wasteland criminal camps. notion to were misplaced for years, this spell binding account of Alistair Cooke's travels via American throughout the moment international warfare was once rediscovered earlier than his dying. "So vibrant ...he makes you are feeling you have been there". (John Humphrys). "A time tablet ...containing the essence of a vanished America". ("Independent on Sunday"). "Personal, quirky, and occasionally very funny". ("Sunday Telegraph"). "Cooke's mellifluous radio voice flows from each web page account of 1 man's love affair with a whole nation. each cease at the method flickers like an aspect on a diamond". Gavin Esler Alistair Cooke (1908-2004) loved a rare lifestyles in print, radio and tv. The Guardian's Senior Correspondent in long island for twenty-five years and the host of groundbreaking cultural programmes on American tv and of the BBC sequence the United States, Cooke was once, even if, top recognized either at domestic and overseas for his weekly BBC broadcast Letter from the US, which stated on fifty-eight years people lifestyles, was once heard over 5 continents and totalled 2,869 proclaims prior to his retirement in February 2004, a ways and away the longest-running radio sequence in broadcasting heritage.

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There was another man, a friend of mine who was a newspaperman and a fierce Isolationist. Only the previous Saturday he had been bemoaning to me the unnatural idiocy of an Administration that could believe there was any possible threat to the American continent either in the Atlantic or the Pacific. He walked over to the window and watched the traffic pulling over to the curb. All the fire had gone from his temper, and he looked unhappy and resentful. ’ Although the news tickers told us an hour or two later there was no need to feel that way, we felt that way.

PENGUIN BOOKS ALISTAIR COOKE’S AMERICAN JOURNEY ‘A brilliant portrait’ Evening Standard ‘Splendidly vivid … he has the true reporter’s ability to make you feel you were there … This book should be read by anyone interested in that phenomenon that is the United States of America’ Allan Massie ‘Skilfully illuminates life on the American homefront … his narrative is rich and full of admiration for American individuals’ willingness to play their part, however small’ Metro London ‘While the rest of the journalistic pack nibbled at news releases back in Washington, he followed his instincts and took a good look around the rest of the country.

Yet on such an impossibly sunny and tingling day Americans must have crawled out of bed and felt decently happy that the two news items carrying most space on the front pages were the romantic marriage of the King of the Belgians to a commoner and the timely reassurance of Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox that ‘the American people may feel fully confident in their Navy. In my opinion, the loyalty, morale, and technical ability of the personnel are without superior. ’ Any neurotic who might read these brave words with a twinge of doubt had only to thumb back to his Friday’s copy of Time magazine and there read its first two printed sentences: ‘Everything was ready.

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