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Reporting America

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Reporting America is a fascinating account of history in the making. His beloved radio show, Letter from America, saw eleven presidents, four wars, and an incredible shift in culture. He adored the u.s. as only a naturalized citizen could, and his reports were incisive and often moving. Cooke traveled extensively all over the united states to convey the views of citizens i ...more
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Published May 29th 2012 by The Overlook Press (first published October 6th 2008)
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Texbritreader
Jul 22, 2012 Texbritreader rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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For those Americans of a certain age Alistair Cooke was the face of Masterpiece Theater and unfortunately that is probably what he is best remembered for, but Cooke was also a respected journalist who spent over 60 years chronicling the United States for readers and listeners back in his English homeland.

With his newspaper column for the Guardian and his BBC radio presentation, Letter From America, he both described and interpreted America for the British public. This chronological collection o
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Carolyn Roberts
It's interesting to read contemporary perspectives on days and weeks that are now fixed in history, like JFK's assassination or the Cuban missile crisis. Alistair Cooke was writing about these events as they happened and without the hindsight that I've always been able to bring to them, and his detailed, unfussy reporting brings his topics alive. Unsurprisingly, he seems to grow increasingly curmudgeonly over the years, and it's hard to enjoy all of the pieces in this book, but I liked dipping i ...more
Sally
Fascinating to read stories from the time, when the eventual result of history was not known. The format of the 'letters' was good for this - bite sized chunks of history from a long span. Good to dip in and out of and get a sense of US history.
Mickey Wyte
Jun 26, 2012 Mickey Wyte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Many only know of Alistair Cooke as the long time host of Masterpiece Theatre and do not know he was a major journalist and radio broadcaster. His Letter From America was broadcast worldwide on the BBC continuousy for 59 years. In this book, whch is a compilation of from Cooke's varried writing for the Guadian Newspaper, Letter From America and other sources you will find an American story told from a astitute observer.
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Aug 17, 2014 David Sheets rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cooke's daughter pulls together a fascinating collection of the British journalist's historically relevant articles to paint a vivid picture of the man and the nation he adored exploring.
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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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