Alistair Cooke's America

Alistair Cooke's America

by Alistair Cooke


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Alistair Cooke's America by Alistair Cooke

First published in 1973, this follow-up to Alistair Cooke's acclaimed 1972 television documentary series America: A Personal History of the United States has sold almost two million copies. From the nation's discovery to modern times; from the American revolutionaries to the pioneers who forged westward; from the slaves who fled north to the immigrants that sought a new life, Cooke vividly describes the spirit of the United States. Cooke's portrayal of America's dynamic history and its ever-changing present continues to provide striking insights into the remarkable character of a nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465018826
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 817,992
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alistair Cooke (1908–2004) enjoyed an extraordinary life in print, radio, and television. He worked as a journalist and broadcaster for many different organizations, including the BBC, The Times, and the Guardian, and won numerous awards for his work. He is best known both at home and abroad for his weekly Letter from America, the longest-running radio series in broadcasting history.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

To the Reader (Old & New) 1

Prologue: A Passage to America 5

1 The New-Found Land 17

2 A Home Away from Home 47

3 Making a Revolution 72

4 Inventing a Nation 97

5 Gone West 122

6 A Firebell in the Night 146

7 Domesticating a Wilderness 168

8 Money on the Land 185

9 The Huddled Masses 204

10 The Promise Fulfilled - The Promise Broken 228

11 The Arsenal 252

Epilogue: The More Abundant Life 277

Acknowledgements 298

Index 301

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