Memories of the Great & the Good

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Arcade Publishing, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 277 pages
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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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Contents

The Frontiersman
17
Frank Lloyd Wright
29
Wodehouse at Eighty
39
FDR
53
Eleanor Roosevelt
69
General Marshall
75
Dean Acheson
89
Eisenhower at Gettysburg
101
Harold Ross
113
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Wodehouse: A Life
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About the author (1999)

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.

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