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Cook, Alistair. Letter from America collection, vols. 1-3.

COOK, Alistair. Letter from America collection; vols. 1, 2 & 3. A selection of Letters from America broadcasts from the years 1946-2003, plus a tribute to Alistair Cooke. Read by the author. 13 cds. 13 hrs. BBC Audiobooks America, 2004. 0-7927-3735-0. $112.95. Vinyl; content, author notes. SA

Alistair Cooke had one of the distinctive voices of our times, both in timbre and in the content of his message. From 1937 until his death in 2003, he worked as a journalist reporting on America to his former home, Great Britain. This collection of essays or letters, mostly from his series Letter from America, contains his observations from 1946 to 2003. The letters are not only reflective of the time and the setting of America; they also reflect the man as he aged. His candor and wisdom varied little from the time just after WW II to after 9/11. While some of the letters reveal cultural standards that have changed, or the changing threats to American life, such as Cooke's firsthand account of living through the Cuban Missile Crisis and 9/11, his observations are full of wonder and awe at the quality of life he sees around him. This is a wonderful listening experience. Savor slowly. Nola Theiss, Sanibel, FL

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Author:Theiss, Nola
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Date:Jul 1, 2006
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