Alistair Cooke: The Essential Letters from America: The 1980s (Unabridged)
by Alistair Cooke
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Alistair Cooke was a radio legend, entertaining millions of listeners for over fifty years in his weekly 'Letter from America'. It was the longest-running one-man series in radio history, and every show was a virtuoso performance. Wise and witty, informed yet informal, Cooke was the doyen of foreign correspondents. In this collection of Letters, Cooke reports on the attempt to rescue the American hostages in Iran, President Reagan's inauguration, the Challenger space shuttle explosion and Black Monday. In addition, he talks about political speechwriting, muses on the silly season, discusses the difference between the American and English use of language, celebrates the 100th birthday of Irving Berlin and considers the effects of the catastrophic San Francisco earthquake.
Both Entertaining and Shocking
Louis Therouxs skillful handling of the racist dimwits and alien hunting dumb**** he meets in this book is both funny and cringeworthy. Some of the bigotted idiots he meets make you mad but by the same token his clever mickey-taking out of them makes you laugh