New PDF release: Alistair Cooks American Journey

By Alistair Cook

ISBN-10: 0141022949

ISBN-13: 9780141022949

"Alistair Cooke's American trip: existence at the domestic entrance within the moment global warfare" is a unprecedented travelogue, celebrating the spirit of a kingdom that will motivate Cooke's mythical pronounces for the following sixty years. inside of weeks of the Pearl Harbor assault in 1941, Cooke trigger to determine the consequences of the conflict on usual americans, from miners to lumberjacks, Pullman porters to peanut farmers or even Japanese-Americans interned in stark barren region legal camps. proposal to were misplaced for years, this mesmerizing account of Alistair Cooke's travels via American through the moment global struggle was once rediscovered earlier than his dying. "So bright ...he makes you're feeling you have been there". (John Humphrys). "A time pill ...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 approach flickers like an aspect on a diamond". Gavin Esler Alistair Cooke (1908-2004) loved a rare existence in print, radio and tv. The Guardian's Senior Correspondent in big apple for twenty-five years and the host of groundbreaking cultural programmes on American tv and of the BBC sequence the United States, Cooke used to be, in spite of the fact that, top identified either at domestic and in another country for his weekly BBC broadcast Letter from the United States, which suggested on fifty-eight years folks existence, used to be heard over 5 continents and totalled 2,869 publicizes earlier than his retirement in February 2004, some distance and away the longest-running radio sequence in broadcasting heritage.

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Henry Kaiser, the dam builder from Spokane, had never before built a ship or airplane or handled steel, but he experimented with prefabrication and cut the time to 40 days. For his next trick he finished the John Fitch 24 hours after laying the keel. Without the fleets of Kaiser’s ships carrying supplies, Britain would no doubt have starved. Cooke once wrote that only by the wildest freak is a reporter actually present at a single accidental convulsion of history. This volume is not that. It is more of a pointillist painting than the flashbulb of a news report, but as it happens he was present at the convulsive opening moment of Japanese betrayal, and his writing throughout is informed by the qualities that drew so many millions to his current reporting.

Cooke was thrilled at its rediscovery, and so will be his readers. Sixty years have enhanced its intrinsic interest, since it is at once a kaleidoscopic portrait of an America now vanished and a sketch of a ‘fighting mad’ nation spitting on its hands: very little has been written about that home front in comparison to the mountains of battlefront literature. Cooke was 33 when he began his journey, and while the manuscript lay unpublished for so many years what he learned clearly nourished the broadcasts about America he began in 1940, which became Letter from America in 1946 and continued until 2004.

The faces of gentility, of innocence, and of corruption are equally exposed, and what you have is a gathering of people who, expecting the President of the United States, see the Archangel Gabriel walk in instead. It is no less than the unexpected and dramatic revelation, very rarely made public, of what a man can suffer and what he can grow to by reason of it. But on the morning of the 8th of December, the tabloid cliché that he was a symbol of his country was a visible fact. All the fussy rhetoric about Japanese ‘treachery’ and ‘the stab in the back’ (which if they had been describing what our side had done would have been called ‘superb military foresight’ and a ‘masterstroke of timing’) came to life in the sight of the President coming gradually up the ramp.

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