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Beschreibung

Three volumes of BBC broadcasts about the US from the New York Times-bestselling author, host of Masterpiece Theater, and "international treasure" (Booklist).

In addition to his most visible presence as the host of PBS's Masterpiece Theater for over two decades, British-born Alistair Cooke entertained and informed millions of listeners around the globe with his weekly BBC radio program, Letters from America, for over half a century. An outstanding observer of the American scene, he became one of the world's best-loved broadcasters. The three works in this collection gather together his most memorable insights into American history and culture. "Reading [Cooke] is like spending an evening with him: you may have heard it all before, but never told with such grace and sparkle" (The New York Times Book Review).

Letters from America: Beginning with his first letter in 1946, a powerful description of American GIs returning home, and ending with his last broadcast in February 2004, reflecting on the presidential campaign, this comprehensive collection displays Cooke's "virtuosity approaching genius in talking about America in human terms" (Lord Hill of Luton, chairman of the BBC). Highlights include an eyewitness account of Robert Kennedy's assassination, a moving evocation of 9/11, personal reflections on presidents, and warm remembrances of celebrity friends and cultural icons.

"In this tightly edited collection . . . Cooke captures the expanding soul of a nation and people." -Publishers Weekly

Talk About America: Personally selected by Cooke, these dispatches cover a tumultuous time in American history, including the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. Along with cogent commentary, Cooke offers characteristically incisive portraits of political and cultural figures such as John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert Frost, H. L. Mencken, Charles Lindbergh, and John Glenn.

"There is great political penetration here, and there are flashes on every page of wit, humanity, and wisdom." -The New York Times

The Americans: Always entertaining, provocative, and enlightening, the "best storyteller in America" reports on an extraordinarily diverse range of topics, from Vietnam, Watergate, and the constitutional definition of free speech to the jogging craze and the pleasures of a family Christmas in Vermont (James Reston). In this New York Times bestseller, Cooke eulogizes Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, pays an affectionate and moving tribute to Duke Ellington, and treats readers to a night at the opera with Jimmy Carter.

"One of the most gifted and urbane essayists of the century." -The Spectator



Autorentext

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. In 1946, he began a tradition that would last nearly six decades-his Letter from America radio appearances on the BBC. Cooke was also beloved as the host of PBS's Masterpiece Theatre for twenty-one years. He wrote many books, both collections of his Letters from America and other projects. After his death, the Fulbright Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism was established to support students from the United Kingdom seeking to study in the United States, and vice versa.



Inhalt

  • Contents
  • Letters from America
    • Title Page
    • Contents
    • To the British Reader
    • Getting Away from it All
    • The Immigrant Strain
    • My First Indian
    • Roughing It
    • What's the Matter with America?
    • Some of our Best Citizens
    • A Long Island Duck
    • Damon Runyon's America
    • Joe Louis
    • A Big Shot
    • Washington, D.C.
    • New York, New York
  • The Seasons:
    • Winter - and Florida
    • Spring - Backdrop for History
    • Spring - The Ninth of April
    • American Summer
    • The Fall of New England
    • Siren Sounds
    • Will Rogers
    • The Case of the November Sun-tan
    • Moving a Home
    • A Baby is Missing
    • Margaret and Missouri
    • The Big Brain
    • A Bell for Father Serra
    • Six Typical Americans
    • No Sympathy for Apathy
    • It's a Democracy, Isn't It?
    • Letter to an Intending Immigrant
  • Talk About America
    • Title Page
    • Contents
    • To the Reader
  • Prologue
    • 1. Politics and the Human Animal
  • I. Institutions
    • 2. The Cranberry Caper
    • 3. The Father
    • 4. A Tiny Claim to Fame
    • 5. A Town Meeting
    • 6. Beizbol
    • 7. The Summer Bachelor
    • 8. The Iceman Goeth
  • II. Problems and Stereotypes
    • 9. The European's America
    • 10. The Generation Problem: The Twenties
    • 11. The Well-Dressed American, Man!
    • 12. The American Neurosis: Instant Health
    • 13. LBJ
    • 14. Wanted: An American Profile
    • 15. The World Gone to Pot?
  • III. People and Places
    • 16. Give California Back to the British
    • 17. HLM: RIP
    • 18. The Road to Churchill Downs
    • 19. The Colonel of the Plains
    • 20. Alcatraz
    • 21. General Marshall
    • 22. The Submariners
    • 23. The Palm Beach Story
    • 24. Glenn in Orbit
    • 25. Our Father Which Art in Heaven
    • 26. A Lonely Man
    • 27. A Ruined Woman
    • 28. Robert Frost
    • 29. The Non-Assassination of John F. Kennedy
  • IV. Politics
    • 30. The Business of America?
    • 31. The Invisible Rulers
    • 32. The Frontiersman
    • Topic A:
      • 33. Topic A: 1954 - The Court and the Negro
      • 34. Topic A: 1963 - The Deep South
      • 35. Topic A: 1965 - Watts
    • V. The View from the West
      • 36. The Western Myth
      • 37. John Mclaren'S Folly
      • 38. The New Californian
      • 39. California: A Foretaste of Tomorrow
      • 40. A Bad Night in Los Angeles
      • 41. Epilogue: Vietnam
    • The Americans
      • Title Page
      • Contents
      • A Note to the Reader
      • Telling One Country About Another (2 March 1969)
      • Making a Home of a House (26 January 1969)
      • Pegler (29 June 1969)
      • Liable to Get Your Head Broke (7 September 1969)
      • 'Eternal Vigilance' - By Whom? (19 October 1969)
      • Massacre: An Act of War (30 November 1969)
      • La Fayette Si, Pompidou No! (1 March 1970)
      • Now Here is the Nightly News (7 June 1970)
      • Final Health Warning (9 January 1971)
      • Judgement Day's A-Comin' (13 February 1971)
      • The Last of the Romanoffs (11 September 1971)
      • The Acheson Plan (16 October 1971)
      • A 'Frontal Attack' on Cancer (10 February 1972)
      • The Charm of China (26 February 1972)
      • Angela Davis v. the Establishment (1 April 1972)
      • Watergate: Act One (16 September 1972)
      • Justice Holmes and the Doffed Bikini (7 October 1972)
      • Give Thanks, For What? (25 November 1972)
      • A Reactionary at Six P.M. (10 February 1973)
      • Watergate: Act Two (12 May 1973)
      • Intermission: The Agnew Wake (19 October 1973)
      • Watergate: Act Three (9 November 1973)
      • The Duke (31 May 1974)
      • Earl Warren (12 July 1974)
      • Watergate: Act Four and Epilogue (7 August 1974 and 6 May 1977)
      • Workers, Arise! Shout 'Fore!' (27 December 1974)
      • The Benefits of Clergy (4 April 1975)
      • The End of the Affair (11 April 1975)
      • The President Goes Up to the Mountain (13 August 1975)
      • Pacific Overtures (16 January 1976)
      • Haight-Ashbury Drying Out (16 April 1976)
      • I'm All Right, Jack (21 May 1976)
      • No Cabinet Officers Need Apply (24 December 1976)
      • Christmas in Vermont (31 December 1976)
      • The Obscenity Business (18 February 1977)
      • The No-Food Plan for Longevity (20 May 1977)
      • The Money Game (1 July 1977)
      • Mr Olmsted's Park (8 July 1977)
      • The Retiring Kind (9 September 1977)
      • Two for the Road (23 December 1977)
      • A Picture on the Wall (13 January 1978)
      • The Spy that Came Down in the Cold (10 February 1978)
      • A 'Proper' Wedding (5 May 1978)
      • Please Die Before Noon (19 May 1978)
      • The Hawk and the Gorilla (2 June 1978)
      • A Letter from Long Island (18 August 1978)
      • The Letter from Long Island (4 August 1970)
      • The Presidential Ear (8 December 1978)
      • A Piece of Paper (20 April 1979)
      • In the Meantime (6 May 1979)
    • About the Author

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Alistair Cooke Collection Volume One
Untertitel: Letters from America, Talk About America, and The Americans
Autor:
EAN: 9781504054072
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen
Format: E-Book (epub)
Hersteller: Open Road Media
Genre: Lyrik, Dramatik
Anzahl Seiten: 955
Veröffentlichung: 29.05.2018
Dateigrösse: 3.4 MB