Alistair Cooks American Journey by Alistair Cook

World War Ii

By Alistair Cook

"Alistair Cooke's American trip: existence at the domestic entrance within the moment international struggle" is a unprecedented travelogue, celebrating the spirit of a state that might encourage Cooke's mythical proclaims for the following sixty years. inside weeks of the Pearl Harbor assault in 1941, Cooke trigger to determine the consequences of the warfare on usual american citizens, from miners to lumberjacks, Pullman porters to peanut farmers or even Japanese-Americans interned in stark desolate tract criminal camps. proposal to were misplaced for years, this spell binding account of Alistair Cooke's travels via American in the course of the moment international conflict used to be rediscovered in advance of his dying. "So brilliant ...he makes you're feeling you have been there". (John Humphrys). "A time tablet ...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 ...an account of 1 man's love affair with a whole nation. each cease at the method sparkles like a side on a diamond". Gavin Esler Alistair Cooke (1908-2004) loved a rare existence in print, radio and tv. The Guardian's Senior Correspondent in ny for twenty-five years and the host of groundbreaking cultural programmes on American tv and of the BBC sequence the USA, Cooke used to be, besides the fact that, most sensible identified either at domestic and in a foreign country for his weekly BBC broadcast Letter from the United States, which said on fifty-eight years people existence, used to be heard over 5 continents and totalled 2,869 proclaims earlier than his retirement in February 2004, a long way and away the longest-running radio sequence in broadcasting historical past.

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5. Children playing at Manzanar Relocation Camp, 1942. 6. Lettuce field, Salinas Valley, California, 1942. 7. Cattle in Eastern Colorado, 1942. 8. Grain elevators in Kansas, 1942. 9. Combine-harvesting wheat, Kansas, 1942. 10. New England Town, fall 1942. 11. Alistair Cooke at the 1876 battlefield cemetery, 1942. 12. New York City, late 1941. 13. San Francisco during the UN organizing conference, 1945. 14. Alistair Cooke with two English servicemen by the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica, California, 1942.

With infinite slowness, limping from side to side, Roosevelt came up the ramp to the dais, one arm locked in his son’s, the other hand feeling every inch of the long sloping rail. At this moment, whenever and wherever it occurred, there was a suspension of the emotional mood that would normally receive so distinguished a man. Crowds cued to shriek and wave things were suddenly touched with something very like humility. Many times, at a university commencement, at party conventions, and at dinners when the President has appeared, I have seen the sudden frustration of all the easy joviality, the sentimental tear even of the willingness to do the decent thing by a gentleman and a scholar, which is a response of what we call breeding and you would think too deep to freeze.

Alistair Cooke, sixty years on, retains his relevance: this is a time to reflect on the bad things that may be done in the name of a good cause. Harold Evans New York, November 2005 1 Introduction to a War La Guardia Airport is more than just a place where New York-bound airplanes land. It is a City playground, and, as with all the best American games, it has a ritual to which everybody pays almost religious attention. At frequent intervals, a disembodied voice like God’s or the March of Time recites from a loudspeaker and tells you what is coming in, and from where, and why, carrying how much tonnage of human flesh, after what storms and stresses, and how many miles.

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