Essential Letters From America: The 80s

ISBN 13: 9781408400777

Essential Letters From America: The 80s

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Alistair Cooke s finest radio reportage from 1991 1999

Alistair Cooke was a radio legend, entertaining millions of listeners for over fifty years in his weekly "Letter from America." It was the longest-running one-man series in radio history, and every show was a virtuoso performance. Wise and witty, informed yet informal, Cooke was the doyen of foreign correspondents.

This varied collection of letters contains Cooke s broadcasts on such landmark events as the Gulf War, the race riots in LA, the O. J. Simpson trial, Bill Clinton s election, and Clinton s subsequent affair with Monica Lewinsky. Cooke addresses topics close to his heart, such as sport celebrating Joe DiMaggio and lamenting the threat to golf posed by commercialism and ungentlemanly behavior and muses on historic occasions such as the closure of the last American Woolworths store, the commencement ceremony, and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles eighty years earlier.

The letters are set in their historical context with a specially commissioned script narrated by the BBC s award-winning American correspondent Matt Frei.

Whether the topics he explores are serious or humorous, Cooke s unique style of expression and analysis shines through in these classic broadcasts from one of the world's most famous letter writers and radio's greatest observer."

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Born in England and educated at Cambridge, Yale, and Harvard, Alistar Cooke (1908-2004) became a U.S. citizen in 1941. He was awarded an honorary knighthood in 1973 and delivered the keynote address before both houses of Congress at the bicentennial celebrations in 1976. Cooke lived and worked in an apartment overlooking Central Park, where he raised his family and lived with his wife, Jane White, until his death.

Born in England and educated at Cambridge, Yale, and Harvard, Alistar Cooke (1908-2004) became a U.S. citizen in 1941. He was awarded an honorary knighthood in 1973 and delivered the keynote address before both houses of Congress at the bicentennial celebrations in 1976. Cooke lived and worked in an apartment overlooking Central Park, where he raised his family and lived with his wife, Jane White, until his death.

Matt Frei is Europe editor and presenter at Channel 4 news. He previously worked as the Washington Correspondent for two years and was also part of the presenting team across Channel 4 s news and current affairs portfolio, including the award-winning "Dispatches "program. He also worked extensively for BBC World News America, reporting from Bonn, Rome, Bosnia, Kosovo, North Africa, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

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"Cooke's debonair, transatlantic tones are unmistakable..." FT Magazine "Such experience, wisdom and education are unlikely ever again to combine in one journalist" -- Mark Lawson

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