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Alistair Cooke is the microphone's great observer, the doyen of foreign correspondents and the world's most famous letter writer. Since 1946 he has been explaining the Americans through his weekly Letter From America, the longest-running one-man series in broadcasting history. It has been, and still is, a virtuoso performance: informed, informal, shrewd, funny, and erudite.

In this personally chosen selection from 1946-1968, Cooke reports on everything from an Indian village in New Mexico to the Watts riots in Los Angeles. He recalls the kidnapping of a baby and the trials of a summer bachelor. He gives us vivid word pictures of events such as John Glenn's journey into space and the assassination of Robert Kennedy.

Every event evokes a particular time and place, but Cooke's unique style of expression and analysis provides each with a resonance that echoes through the years.

©2003 and (P)1993, 2003 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • William
  • ST IVES, United Kingdom
  • 07-04-13

Letter from America

Didn't listen when first broadcast on the radio - so the audio book has been riveting listening, in fact have purchased all three letter from America audio books, have listened over and over again - fantastic insight into the lives of Americans over many years. - well recomended.

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  • Ken
  • 20-05-05

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What a raconteur! His accurate and colourful descriptions, his wit and his comments on life in America are a priceless legacy. Cooke's discinctive style has, if anything, improved over the many years he has performed. Absolutely wonderful.

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  • Dana Law
  • 12-12-16

The great Alistair Cooke

his ruminations on America broadcast in Britain we're always incisive and entertaining. wonderful broadcaster. listen