The American Home Front

The American Home Front : 1941-1942

By (author) Alistair Cooke


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In nearly three thousand BBC broadcasts over fifty-eight years, Alistair Cooke reported on America, illuminating our country for a global audience. He was one of the most widely read and widely heard chroniclers of Americathe Twentieth Century s de Tocqueville. Cooke died in 2004, but shortly before he passed away a long-forgotten manuscript resurfaced in a closet in his New York apartment. It was a travelogue of America during the early days of World War II that had sat there for sixty years. Published to stellar reviews in 2006, though somewhat past deadline, Cooke s "The American Home Front" is a valentine to his adopted country by someone who loved it as well as anyone and knew it better than most ("The Plain Dealer" [Cleveland]). It is a unique artifact and a historical gem, an unexpected and welcome discover in a time capsule. ("Washington Post") A portrait frozen in time, the book offers a charming look at the war through small towns, big cities, and the American landscape as they once were. "The American Home Front" is also a brilliant piece of reportage, a historical gem that affirms Cooke s enduring place as a great twentieth-century reporter ("American Heritage")."

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  • Paperback | 327 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • 09 Jul 2007
  • Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0802143326
  • 9780802143327
  • 672,236

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"Very few writers in the past hundred years can rival Mr. Cooke as an interpreter of the American scene for British readers, and none of the others have reached as wide an audience over as long a period of time."

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