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Fun and Games with Alistair Cooke: On Sport and Other Amusements

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Alistair Cooke, whom many know as the host of Masterpiece Theatre, is also one of the world's best journalists. Here he brings his unique blend of wit, curiosity, and insight to bear on the world of sports and entertainment. He writes with equal verve on golf (his favorite sport), tennis, boxing, sailing, and horse racing. And his selections on the movies, jazz, and the theater are just as delightful. Whether writing on George Gershwin or Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali or Groucho Marx, Charlie Chaplin or Arnold ...
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Overview

Alistair Cooke, whom many know as the host of Masterpiece Theatre, is also one of the world's best journalists. Here he brings his unique blend of wit, curiosity, and insight to bear on the world of sports and entertainment. He writes with equal verve on golf (his favorite sport), tennis, boxing, sailing, and horse racing. And his selections on the movies, jazz, and the theater are just as delightful. Whether writing on George Gershwin or Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali or Groucho Marx, Charlie Chaplin or Arnold Palmer, Duke Ellington or Sugar Ray Robinson, the Masters golf tournament or Wimbledon, the Kentucky Derby or "How the Russians Invented Baseball." Alistair Cooke is as charming as he is informative.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cooke, retired host of Masterpiece Theater, has compiled 49 of his short pieces, mostly written for the Manchester Guardian between 1940 and 1994, that cover the gamut from cricket to baseball. Boxing is given prime space, with two profiles of Sugar Ray Robinson, in his prime (``An Epic of Courage'') and in his decline (``Sugar Ray's Downfall''); and two of Muhammad Ali, in victory (``A Mountain Comes to Muhammad'') and defeat (``Come-Uppance for the `Onliest Champion'"). There are essays on tennis (``The Money Game'' and ``My Life with Gabriela Sabatini'') and the Kentucky Derby (``The Road to Churchill Downs''). Nineteen selections are reserved for golf, its heroes, tribulations and vicissitudes. Best, however, are the portraits that have hardly anything to do with sport. There are wonderful profiles-of Frenchman Eric Tabarly, who in 1964 sailed solo across the Atlantic in 27 days, one hour and 56 minutes to break Chichester's 1962 record; and of nightclub owner Max Cohen (``Oasis in Baltimore,'' 1940). Cooke's obituaries for Gary Cooper, Duke Ellington and Charlie Chaplin are touching and informative. A mixed bag. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559703277
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/8/1996
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 255
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Fun & Games at Blackpool 3
A Lesson for Yale 9
An Epic of Courage 14
Sugar Ray's Downfall 19
Short History of Baseball 21
Revised (Soviet) History of Baseball 25
The Sit-Down Fight 28
Return of the Native 31
The Road to Churchill Downs 36
Breton Rules the Waves 45
Player's Puritan Victory 49
A Mountain Comes to Muhammad 52
Come-Uppance for the 'Onliest Champion' 55
History of the Scottish Torture 59
The Missing Aristotle Papers on Golf 65
The Heat on for Arnie & Co. 69
Pottermanship 72
Walter Hagen 1892-1969 75
Make Way for the Senior Golfer 78
Nicklaus: Twenty-Two Years at Hard Labour 84
Workers, Arise! Shout 'Fore!' 97
Snow, Cholera, Lions and Other Distractions 102
Movers and Shakers of the Earth 111
The Money Game 117
Pat Ward-Thomas 125
No One Like Henry 129
The Written Record 133
The Making of the Masters 137
The Inauguration of President Grant 141
Marching Orders 149
My Life with Gabriela Sabatini 153
Golf: The American Conquest 160
Oasis in Baltimore 171
Recollections of a Pudding Head 178
Garbo 182
'My Fair Lady' 184
The Legend of Gary Cooper 187
Shakespeare in Loafers 191
The Coronation of Miss Oklahoma 194
Star Quality 197
The Duke 201
Two for the Road 208
The Life, in the Music, of George Gershwin 214
Chaplin 219
Jazz, San Francisco, and Jimmy Price 226
Screen Acting: 'Eyes Only' 230
'Upstairs, Downstairs' 234
Genius as an Urchin 241
An Icon at Fifty 246
Acknowledgements 253
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