Memories of the Great and the Good

by Alistair Cooke



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Memories of the Great and the Good by Alistair Cooke

Deploring the current fashion for psycho-biographies, not to mention porno-biographies, of the famous, Alistair Cooke offers celebrations of people he has met during his sixty years of journalism, people he calls the Great or the Good, people who, he believes, have left the world a better or more interesting place.

Here are memories of a weekend with Dwight D. Eisenhower, an afternoon with P. G. Wodehouse, another with Duke Ellington, several nightcaps with Jelly Roll Morton, and recollections of Erma Bombeck, Nobel Prize winner Barbara McClintock, former House Speaker Tip O'Neill, producer George Abbott, global yachtsman Francis Chichester, presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, and George Bernard Shaw; along with longer portraits of Churchill, Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and golf great Bobby Jones.

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ISBN-13: 9781559704793
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 10/14/1999
Edition description: REV
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alistair Cooke hosted PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre for twenty-two years and was known internationally for his weekly BBC broadcast “Letter from America.” He died in 2004.

Table of Contents

To the Reader ix

Acknowledgments xv

1 George Bernard Shaw 1

2 John Nance Garner: The Frontiersman 17

3 Frank Lloyd Wright 29

4 Wodehouse at Eighty 39

5 FDR 53

6 Maker of a President: Eleanor Roosevelt 69

7 General Marshall 75

8 Dean Acheson 89

9 Eisenhower at Gettysburg 101

10 Harold Ross 113

11 The Legend of Gary Cooper 123

12 Robert Frost 131

13 Goldwater: Jefferson in the Desert 143

14 Chichester: The Master Mariner 155

15 Reagan: The Common Man Writ Large 163

16 The Duke 175

17 Aiken of Vermont 187

18 Barbara McClintock: The Gene on the Cob 197

19 George Abbott 207

20 Scotty Reston: The Maestro from Glasgow 217

21 Erma Bombeck: A Rare Bird 229

22 The Last Victorian 239

23 The Gentleman from Georgia 259

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