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Letters From America, 1946-1951

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Published May 28th 1981 by Penguin Books Ltd
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Aug 01, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
I first heard Alistair Cooke's radio broadcasts very late in life, on the BBC over short-wave radio while working on an organic goat farm in the Netherlands. Late at night there was not much to do except watch football, smoke and drink whiskey - none of which were really of much interest. But Alistair Cooke's Letter from America was something different. Cooke, originally from Manchester, England broadcast his insightful, biting and human, funny and solemn cultural feature from America on the BBC ...more
Nov 26, 2014 Marie rated it really liked it
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This book is a collection of the radio scripts that Alistair Cooke delivered during his very long career as a journalist. And that they are scripts are very clear you can nearly hear his voice (with what I assume is one of the low and smooth plummy accents of the well educated of his generation - although I have to admit I have never heard him. That's just what it 'sounded' like).

Some of the reports were less interesting for me, the descriptions of New England in the fall (autumn) were not my th
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I know this will be one of those rare "keepers" that I return to read through the years. Thank you Netgalley and Open Road Media for introducing me to a new favorite!
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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. ...more
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