Alistair Cooke: A Biography

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Arcade Publishing, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 546 pages
One of the preeminent journalists of the twentieth century, Alistair Cooke has enjoyed a truly extraordinary career in print, radio, and television. Born into a working-class family and christened Alfred, Cooke swiftly broke free of his modest origins and became the foremost commentator on American life and politics, first for the British press and eventually for the entire world. "Alistair Cooke: A Biography" is both a fascinating record of one man's determination to reinvent himself and a lively and informative journey through the highways and byways of the twentieth century.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
PART ONE THE EARLY YEARS
3
A Respectable Childhood
5
Young Alfred
16
Blackpool Boy Makes Good
27
The Conception of Alistair Cooke
39
Love and Longing
49
PARTTWO THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA
63
The Chemistry of Human Attraction
295
Families and Friends
313
Cold Wars
325
High Hopes
336
PART six THE UNLOVED SIXTIES
351
Liberal Discord
353
The Apologists Ultimate Test
362
The Scottish Torture
376

Ivy League
65
Panaceas
78
Domesticity
97
Foundations
113
A Natural Thing to Do
127
The Charm of Corresponding
141
The Lull 753
153
AME RICA AT WAR 13 New Allegiances
167
The Psychiatrists Couch
183
One Day My Boy
197
PARTFOUR THE MARSHALL PLAN
209
The Longest Letter
211
Two Masters
226
New Generation
243
Leaning Back
259
PARTFIVE THE GOLDEN YEARS
277
Star Billing
279
Pay Any Price
390
Being There
403
PART SEVEN YEARS OF CONTENT
417
Liberty
419
The Chiropractors Reward
435
The Rest You Know
448
PART EIGHT CONCLUSIONS
463
Staying On
465
No Gold Watch
475
Keeping in Touch
487
Settling Accounts
497
Surviving
506
Signing Off 579
519
Acknowledgements
526
Bibliography
529
Index
531
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About the author (1999)

Clarke joined BBC TV News in 1973. Since 1989 he has been a BBC Radio presenter, first on The World This Weekend and since 1994 on The Wolrd at One.

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