All six volumes of The Essential Letters from America, brought together for the first time in this definitive chronological collection of Alistair Cooke's finest broadcasts. Alistair Cooke was the doyen of foreign correspondents and a radio legend, entertaining millions of listeners for over 50 years in his weekly Letter from America. It was the longest-running show in radio history, and every show was a virtuoso performance.
Alistair Cooke was a radio legend, entertaining millions of listeners for over fifty years in his weekly Letter from America. This selection of letters includes Cooke's reports on momentous events such as Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal, the ceasefire in Vietnam and the assassination attempt on Gerald Ford. Here, too, are Cooke's thoughts on Jimmy Carter, the accident at Three Mile Island, and the Apollo-Soyuz link-up in space.
Alistair Cooke looks back on a rich and varied life, one which has taken him across the ocean but never far away from the BBC.
Alistair Cooke was radio's great observer, the doyen of foreign correspondents and the world's most famous letter writer. From 1946 until 2004, he explained the Americans to the British through his weekly Letter From America, the longest-running one-man series in broadcasting history. It was always a virtuoso performance: informed, informal, shrewd, funny, and erudite.
A selection of Alistair Cooke's finest radio Letters in chronological order from his earliest broadcasts. 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.
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.
Here is the second of six chronological releases following the dates of Alistair Cooke's Letters from America (rather than a patchwork based on the dates of actual historical events). This includes the original recordings of the "letters", providing the appeal of Cooke's ageing voice in authentic recordings from the past 50 years.
This is the final volume of the definitive decade-by-decade collection of Alistair Cooke’s Letters from America – the seminal and longest running personal commentary on the radio. This release focuses on the turbulent times in the US of the 2000s, and the history of the decade is explored through Alistair Cooke’s unique broadcasts. The 16 letters include Running Mates and Carpet Baggers, The Day of Judgment and Paralysis by Analysis – all centred upon the famously indecisive Presidential election of 2000 between George W Bush and Al Gore.
In this collection of Letters, Cooke reports on the attempt to rescue the American hostages in Iran, President Reagan's inauguration, the Challenger space shuttle explosion and Black Monday. In addition, he talks about political speechwriting, muses on the silly season, discusses the difference between the American and English use of language, celebrates the 100th birthday of Irving Berlin and considers the effects of the catastrophic San Francisco earthquake.
A collection of eight seasonal letters from America spanning from 1951 to 2003. Presented with an exclusive script narrated by the BBC's North American correspondent, Justin Webb, placing the letters in their historical context.
Alistair Cooke's finest radio reportage from 1991-1999
Alistair Cooke was a radio legend, entertaining millions of listeners for over 50 years in his weekly Letter from America. It was the longest-running one-man series in radio history, and every show was a virtuoso performance. Wise and witty, informed yet informal, Cooke was the doyen of foreign correspondents.
Starting with Truman's surprise victory in 1948 and concluding with another surprise win, that of George W. Bush in 2000 - he comments on opinion polls, democracy, the difference between Democrats and Republicans, Bill Clinton's fashion sense and what Clinton's symbolic rejection of 'the blue blazer' meant to the American political system. In each letter his unique style of expression and analysis shines through. Also includes an introduction by Justin Webb and links.
Two BBC Radio programmes exploring President John F. Kennedy's shocking assassination on 22 November 1963. In Something Is Terribly Wrong, first broadcast in 2003, Alan Thompson charts the confusion and disbelief after the assassination. He returns to key sites in Dallas, and talks to eyewitnesses including Nellie Connally (ex-First Lady of Texas), Jim Leavelle (ex-Dallas detective), Jim Ewell (ex-Dallas Morning News correspondent), Aubry Rike (ambulance driver/witness).
"We wonder why the world doesn't understand America"