The Essential Letters from America: The 1940s and 1950s

Version: Unabridged
Author: Alistair Cooke
Narrator: Alistair Cooke
Genres: Radio Theatre, North America
Publisher: BBC Radio
Published In: September 2009
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes
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This is a selection of Alistair Cooke's finest radio "Letters" in chronological order from his earliest broadcasts. Wise and witty, informed and informal, Cooke was the doyen of foreign correspondents. In this selection of the very first "Letters, " Cooke reports on a memorable range of events, including the threat to the United States during World War II, the funeral of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the shocking occasion when a bomber hit the Empire State Building and the presidential election of 1948.

Author Details

Author Details

Cooke, Alistair

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.