By Alistair Cook
"Alistair Cooke's American trip: lifestyles at the domestic entrance within the moment international battle" is a rare travelogue, celebrating the spirit of a country that may motivate Cooke's mythical pronounces for the subsequent sixty years. inside of weeks of the Pearl Harbor assault in 1941, Cooke trigger to work out the results 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. concept to were misplaced for years, this enchanting account of Alistair Cooke's travels via American through the moment international conflict was once rediscovered in advance of his loss of life. "So bright ...he makes you are feeling you have been there". (John Humphrys). "A time pill ...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 state. each cease at the approach flickers like a side on a diamond". Gavin Esler Alistair Cooke (1908-2004) loved a rare lifestyles 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 US, Cooke was once, notwithstanding, top identified either at domestic and in a foreign country for his weekly BBC broadcast Letter from the USA, which mentioned on fifty-eight years folks existence, used to be heard over 5 continents and totalled 2,869 publicizes earlier than his retirement in February 2004, a ways and away the longest-running radio sequence in broadcasting background.
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To a million ears in Washington it could mean only one thing. It was, after all of the fury and spittle of the 1930s, the unbelievable voice of the devil who, the Isolationists always had said, simply could never be heard in America, because for one thing he spoke a European dialect and for another had no possible means of crossing the Atlantic. In the offices of the British Supply Council, a secretary asked me, a visiting stranger, if there was anything she could do for me. There was nothing. We sat there listening to the universal song of the siren, thinking – as I suppose the native inhabitants of Madrid and London and Chungking had thought long before us – of our children and the few people we loved.
2. Alistair Cooke with his car, 1942. 3. A closed gas station in California, 1942. 4. Manzanar Japanese-American relocation camp in Owens Valley, California, 1942. 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.
He put his head in at a door and smiled. ‘Sounds just like home,’ he said. There was another man, a friend of mine who was a newspaperman and a fierce Isolationist. Only the previous Saturday he had been bemoaning to me the unnatural idiocy of an Administration that could believe there was any possible threat to the American continent either in the Atlantic or the Pacific. He walked over to the window and watched the traffic pulling over to the curb. All the fire had gone from his temper, and he looked unhappy and resentful.