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Cooke, Alistair 1908-2004

Works: 611 works in 1,487 publications in 8 languages and 37,389 library holdings
Genres: History  Drama  Biography  Film adaptations  Military history  Photographs‡vAerial  Reviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Music  Anecdotes 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Cinematographer , Director, Host, Editor, Author of introduction, Performer, Commentator, Writer of accompanying material, Speaker, Collector, Correspondent
Classifications: E178, 973
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Alistair Cooke's America by Alistair Cooke( Book )
94 editions published between 1973 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 4,645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A tour of American life and history based on Cooke's television series on the nation's growth and development and illustrated with photographs, cartoons, prints, and paintings
The Americans : fifty talks on our life and times by Alistair Cooke( Book )
13 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 2,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains fifty talks from the author's radio program "Letters from America," commenting on American life from 1969 to 1979
America observed : from the 1940s to the 1980s by Alistair Cooke( Book )
20 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 1,696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alistair Cooke on McCarthyism, civil rights movement, Billy Graham, Marilyn Monroe, the Kennedys and other politicians, Miss Oklahoma wining the Miss America pageant (1966), etc
Letter from America, 1946-2004 by Alistair Cooke( Book )
16 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 1,301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For over half a century, Alistair Cooke entertained and informed millions of listeners around the world in his weekly BBC radio program Letter from America. An outstanding observer of the American scene, he became one of the world's best-loved broadcasters, and a foreigner who helped Americans better understand themselves. Here, in print for the first time, is a collection of Cooke's finest reports that celebrates the inimitable style of this wise and avuncular reporter. Beginning with his first letter in 1946, a powerful description of American GIs returning home, and ending with his last broadcast in February 2004, in which he expressed his views on the United States presidential campaign, the collection captures Cooke's unique voice and gift for telling stories. Gathered in this volume are encounters with the many presidents Cooke knew, from Roosevelt to Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush, both Senior and Junior. His friends are warmly recollected among them Leonard Bernstein, Philip Larkin, Humphrey Bogart, Charlie Chaplin, and Katharine Hepburn. We observe a variety of political landmarks the Vietnam War, Watergate, Cooke's remarkable eyewitness account of Robert Kennedy's assassination, through to the scandals that surrounded Clinton and the conflict in Iraq. His moving evocation of the events of September 11 and its aftermath remains essential reading, while his recollections of holidays and sporting events remind us of Cooke's delight in the pleasures of everyday life. Imbued with Alistair Cooke's good humor, elegance, and understanding, Letter from America,1946, 2004 is a captivating insight into the heart of a nation and a fitting tribute to the man who was for so many the most reassuring voice of our times
A generation on trial: U.S.A. v. Alger Hiss by Alistair Cooke( Book )
34 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The case that defined an infamous era, as reported by one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated journalists In August 1948, a former Communist Party member named Whittaker Chambers testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee that a secret cell of Communists had infiltrated Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal administration. Chief among the conspirators, according to Chambers, was Alger Hiss, a former government attorney and State Department official who had taken part in the Yalta Conference and been instrumental in the creation of the United Nations. Hiss’s categorical denial of the charges, which led Chambers to produce evidence linking both men to Soviet espionage, quickly escalated into one of the most divisive episodes in American history and ignited the widespread fear and paranoia of the McCarthy era. As the US correspondent for the Manchester Guardian , Alistair Cooke reported extensively on the Hiss affair. In an atmosphere that he memorably compares to that of a seventeenth-century religious war, Cooke maintained a clear head and his signature intellectual rigor. A Generation on Trial , which begins with a brilliantly succinct summary of the case—“We are about to look at the trials of a man who was judged in one decade for what he was said to have done in another”—is both a fascinating historical document and a stirring example of journalistic integrity
Talk about America by Alistair Cooke( Book )
20 editions published between 1968 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Masterpieces : a decade of Masterpiece theatre by Alistair Cooke( Book )
3 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alistair Cooke's essays about the history, personalities and literary works that shaped the programs that have appeared on Masterpiece Theatre
The three faces of Eve by Nunnally Johnson( Visual )
4 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mousy, withdrawn housewife Eve White startles her husband when she claims she did not buy the flashy, provocative clothes he finds in their bedroom. After she complains of blackouts, he takes her to a psychiatrist who soon encounters a second personality, Eve Black, a sexy uninhibited woman. As Eve's therapy continues, her third self, the sensible intelligent Jane appears to help resolve her rare multiple personality disorder
One man's America by Alistair Cooke( Book )
14 editions published between 1952 and 1957 in 3 languages and held by 965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of essays written by a British journalist about his experiences and observations of Americans immediately post-World War II
General Eisenhower on the military Churchill: a conversation with Alistair Cooke by Alistair Cooke( Book )
5 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Above London by Robert Cameron( Book )
22 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in English and Japanese and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Provides a visual record of London through unique aerial photographs and accompanying text
Modern times by Charlie Chaplin( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An imaginative, often slapstick satire on the alienating and disruptive effects of mass production and automation. Charlie Chaplin, in his last portrayal of his famous character the Tramp, goes from a factory worker to jailbird to night watchman to singing waiter, beset on all fronts by bad luck, misunderstandings, and unfortunate circumstances beyond his control. Befriended only by a lovely but wild street waif, he labors against all odds to make a life for himself. Primarily a silent film with music, sound effects, and some spoken and sung dialogue
Six men by Alistair Cooke( Book )
26 editions published between 1977 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The erudite writer and paragon of television commentators recalls his friendships with, and the personal characteristics of, Chaplin, the Duke of Windsor, Mencken, Adlai Stevenson, Bertrand Russell, and Bogart
Douglas Fairbanks : the making of a screen character by Alistair Cooke( Book )
12 editions published between 1940 and 2002 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Garbo and the night watchmen : a selection made in 1937 from the writings of British and American film critics by Alistair Cooke( Book )
12 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fun & games with Alistair Cooke : on sport and other amusements by Alistair Cooke( Book )
10 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For over half a century Alistair Cooke has been reporting on and interpreting America to the rest of the world, both in print and on the air, bringing his unique blend of curiosity, wit, and perceptive analysis to bear on the sometimes glittering, often gritty, worlds of sports and entertainment. This volume brings together for the first time Alistair Cooke's best writing on a wide variety of sports - tennis, baseball, cricket, sailing, horse racing, boxing, and above all, golf, about which no one writes more brilliantly and lovingly - as well as other areas of entertainment: movies, jazz, and the theater. He takes us on a whirlwind tour of famous people, exotic places, and key sporting events. He has covered every president since Hoover, was a friend of Charlie Chaplin, admired Duke Ellington and George Gershwin above all other American composers, and was fascinated by Sugar Ray Robinson (who he firmly believes was the best fighter pound for pound in the history of the ring). In these pages we come engagingly close to Greta Garbo and Arnold Palmer, Groucho Marx and Bobby Jones, Fred MacMurray and Gabriela Sabatini, Gary Cooper and Max Cohe (who? you'll find out). He takes us memorably ringside for the Robinson-Turpin and Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fights; to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby; to Augusta, Georgia, for the Masters golf tournament; to Wimbledon to ruminate on gamesmanship then and now. But of all the sports he has witnessed and covered, his first love is truly golf. Whether it is Arnold Palmer playing in 102-degree heat in San Antonio, dapper Gary Player winning the U.S. Open at Creve Coeur, Missouri, or Jack Nicklaus playing (and winning) almost anywhere, Alistair Cooke on his favorite sport is a rare and constant pleasure. Whether savored singly or read as a whole, Fun & Games with Alistair Cooke is a pure delight, leaving the reader constantly charmed, amused, and enlightened
Leonard Bernstein Omnibus the historic TV broadcasts on 4 DVDs ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hosted by Alistair Cooke. Includes seven episodes featuring lectures, performances, and master classes from legendary conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein
Memories of the great & the good by Alistair Cooke( Book )
12 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The British journalist recalls his meetings with famous people from George Bernard Shaw to Bobby Jones
The patient has the floor by Alistair Cooke( Book )
10 editions published between 1966 and 1987 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains fourteen essays and addresses delivered before professional groups in the United States and England. Cooke brings his own Anglo-American vision to bear on subjects ranging from Shakespeare and medicine to historic preservation and the military
Christmas Eve by Alistair Cooke( Book )
7 editions published in 1952 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Three stories given as broadcasts on the Letter from America weekly talks on three successive Christmas eves
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Alternative Names
Cooke, A. A. 1908-
Cooke, A. A. (Alfred Alistair), 1908-
Cooke, Alfred 1908-2004
Cooke, Alfred Alistair 1908-
Cooke, Alfred Alistair 1908-2004
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English (426)
German (9)
Japanese (5)
Danish (2)
Spanish (2)
French (1)
Persian (1)
Korean (1)