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by Alistair Cooke

eBook Six men ePub
Author: Alistair Cooke
Language: English
ISBN: 0425055256
ISBN13: 978-0425055250
Publisher: Berkley (December 15, 1981)
Category: Arts & Literature
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 716
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ePub file: 1104 kb
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. During his broadcasting career Alistair Cooke met and knew some of the twentieth century's most fascinating and legendary figures.

Alistair Cooke KBE (20 November 1908 – 30 March 2004) was a British-born American writer whose work as a journalist, television personality and radio broadcaster was done primarily in the United States. Outside his journalistic output, which included Letter from America and America: A Personal History of the United States, he was well known in the United States as the host of PBS Masterpiece Theatre from 1971 to 1992.

During his broadcasting career Alistair Cooke met and knew some of the twentieth century's most fascinating and legendary figures, in journalism, politics, public life, sport and film.

During his extraordinary broadcasting career of over sixty years Alistair Cooke encountered many legendary figures, in the varied worlds of journalism, politics, public life, sport and entertainment.

Six Men - Alistair Cooke. An ok read not a lot of great information. this book looks at six men that Cooke covered and found interesting. Written in 1977 these men were popular in the thirties, forties and fifties, not much to learn. The one on Edward VIII was interesting since he gave up the throne for a woman. msboshGo to msbosh's profile, opens in a new window.

The subjects of Six Men are united by the deep complexities of their characters. Drawing on a lifetime of journalistic encounters with the great and the famous, Alistair Cooke profiles the six extraordinary men who impressed him the most. In balancing informed details of their lives with an objectivity set against the ever-changing landscape of their times, Six Men is a master course in the art of concise biography. Over the course of his sixty-year career as a broadcaster, television host, and newspaper reporter, Alistair Cooke met many remarkable people of the twentieth century.

For over half a century, Alistair Cooke entertained and informed millions of listeners around the world in his weekly BBC radio program "Letter from America

For over half a century, Alistair Cooke entertained and informed millions of listeners around the world in his weekly BBC radio program "Letter from America. An outstanding observer of the American scene, he became one of the world's best-loved broadcasters, and a foreigner who helped Americans better understand themselves.

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Six Men- Alistair Cooke, Uncorrected Proof, 1977. 1973 alistair cooke's america hardcover book - great prints - I 865.

This is a well-written book about what the title implies--six men. I loved reading about Charlie Chaplin and Humphrey Bogart and Charlie Chaplain. Then I realized, I didn't much care about the other four. And if you're not interested in someone even Alistair isn't going to keep your interest up. I did get a little way through H.L. Mencken but I just couldn't keep up my interest. For the price I paid, it was well worth it. If I had paid $15.00, I would not have been as satisfied.
As is usual with any of Alistair Cooke's writing, that unmistakable transatlantic voice can be heard behind the words as if the author himself was reading his work to an audience of one - you. The generations who would remember the men of whom he has written are fast coming to an end, but there is enough in each of these insightful vignettes to whet the appetite of a true biography-phile of whatever era. I would say that Cooke enjoyed the company of each of his subjects, but that did not put him beyond objective honesty. The saddest, most poignant and ultimately most honest comment of all was that of his summing up of Edward VIII - "The most damning epitaph you can compose about Edward - as a prince, as a king, as a man - is one that all comfortable people should cower from deserving:he was at his best only when the going was good"
This is Cooke's memoir of six men he knew. The most revealing is with the Duke of Windsor, whose stupidity was only exceeded by his laziness.
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Perfect writing about famous people
Alistair Cooke was a remarkable man. He passed away in 2004, but his astute observations on history and the personalities that made history stand as his legacy.
I selected this book as a reader for advanced ESL students and as such it works remarkably well.
Cooke was a great writer and his personal account of these well known characters makes a compelling introduction to his other work.
I did not care for this book .Alistair Cooke never wrote this as a book ;these are articles taken from other publications and in none of the chapters can I recall a significant discussion about the subjects outstanding traits Two of the chapters contain so much conjecture as to threaten the non-fiction character of the book.The chapter on Bertrand Russell was entertaining and informative but not enough to elevate the score for the book as a whole.
Many of us who appreciate the work of truly great non-fiction writers were deeply saddened by the recent passing of Alistair Cooke.

Although best remembered for his long running radio commentary "A Letter from America" and his various television shows of earlier years, it makes for a pleasant change to go back and rediscover some of Mr Cooke's more substantial literary efforts.

A graduate in English literature from Cambridge University and a print journalist of considerable experience, Cooke managed to perfect a difficult balancing act. Throughout his long and prestigious career he steadfastly adhered to the highest professional and intellectual standards yet still managed to enjoy enviable success within the mass media. In many ways he raised the bar in his field by proving that there was, indeed, a solid market for quality work if it was cleverly presented in an entertaining and accessible style.

In this book the veteran newspaper man draws upon his impressive array of observational and descriptive skills to create a striking collection of penetrating celebrity profiles. Cooke wrote with the deft, light hand of a popular scribe but also with the probing incisiveness of a psychology professor. At all times he examined the inner workings of his subjects with an almost clinical thoroughness and a commendable sense of fairness. When it came to creating word pictures, the man was an old master.

Alistair Cooke was a consummate journalist, an all class act and a credit to his chosen calling .
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