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Memories of the great & the good
Cooke, Alistair, 1908-2004.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Arcade Publishing, [1999]

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xiii, 277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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CT120 .C668 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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Over the course of his distinguished career as a foreign correspondent, which spans more than sixty years, Alistair Cooke has known, interviewed, or reported on literally hundreds of the most influential men and women of the twentieth century. Here he has collected his memories of more than a score of them: they include actors and generals, statesmen and eccentrics, a poet, a jazzman, an intensely scholarly woman and a casually funny one, an architect, a publisher, and several politicians--all of whom, in Cooke's view, have left the world a better or more interesting place. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Alistair Cooke is a journalist and broadcaster. Cooke was born in Manchester, England on November 20, 1908. He obtained his education at Cambridge, Yale, and Harvard. His career is based on his observations of American life and culture.

Cooke worked as a correspondent for NBC and as a special correspondent for the London Times and the Guardian. He is perhaps most famous for his BBC weekly broadcast, "Letter From America," which has been successful for over fifty years because of its sophisticated wit. Cooke became well-known in the United States as host for Omnibus for nine years and later as host of the Masterpiece Theatre. He has also written numerous books including the bestsellers Alistair Cooke's America, Six Men, and Fun and Games with Alistair Cooke.

In 1973, Cooke was made an honorary Knight of the British Empire.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

To the Readerp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
1 George Bernard Shawp. 1
2 John Nance Garner: The Frontiersmanp. 17
3 Frank Lloyd Wrightp. 29
4 Wodehouse at Eightyp. 39
5 FDRp. 53
6 Maker of a President: Eleanor Rooseveltp. 69
7 General Marshallp. 75
8 Dean Achesonp. 89
9 Eisenhower at Gettysburgp. 101
10 Harold Rossp. 113
11 The Legend of Gary Cooperp. 123
12 Robert Frostp. 131
13 Goldwater: Jefferson in the Desertp. 143
14 Chichester: The Master Marinerp. 155
15 Reagan: The Common Man Writ Largep. 163
16 The Dukep. 175
17 Aiken of Vermontp. 187
18 Barbara McClintock: The Gene on the Cobp. 197
19 George Abbottp. 207
20 Scotty Reston: The Maestro from Glasgowp. 217
21 Erma Bombeck: A Rare Birdp. 229
22 The Last Victorianp. 239
23 The Gentleman from Georgiap. 259