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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry
There are some books that are just so informative that no library should be without them. There are some books that are written so well that it is a positive joy to read the text. There are some people who have such a way of looking at the world that you feel comfort hearing them speak. There are people who have seen so much that their opinion is something you seek...
Published on 7 Sept. 2003

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly dated
In many respects the first chapters of this book are simply wonderful, and condense everything up to the second world war into a very readable potted history of the states. Unfortunately the end of the book is now rather dated, and spoils what would otherwise have been a 5-star read. Still recommendable for the very interesting early history, though. A shame that there is...
Published on 9 April 2006


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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry, 7 Sept. 2003
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There are some books that are just so informative that no library should be without them. There are some books that are written so well that it is a positive joy to read the text. There are some people who have such a way of looking at the world that you feel comfort hearing them speak. There are people who have seen so much that their opinion is something you seek.
All of these traits are combined in this volume that only Foote's Civil War trilogy can compare with. The small stories that are routinely missed (such as the origin of "the real McCoy) and the relevence of these ordinary people making extrodinary things happen are coupled with the tales of the extraordinary people who had their ordinary vices. (Franklin's advice to take an older mistress because they are both more discreet and more grateful) Both named and unnamed he tells their tale as it fits in the piece of this puzzle of America
Unlike much of history which seems to have an agenda, Cooke's masterpiece is classical, telling a story of grandur without fawning and of warts without lambasting. It is a grand overview rather than a list of presidents, wars and laws. He captures the essense of what is importnat. It is as if he wished to give a consice guide to his compatriots in England of what facinates him about this land that he eventually settled as did many in his story.
It captures what America and Americans are very well and would be an excellent guide to any person who wants to understand us. With so many Americans ignorant of their own history it would be an even better guide to todays college or high school students to make them understand this land of their birth and how it came to be what it is.
This book is 30 years old as I write this at the time he wrote this Cooke was in his 27th year of his Letter from America Broadcast for the BBC. When you finish this book you will find yourself wanting more. Have no fear Mr Cooke is now in his 57th year of his broadcasts telling the story of America 15 minutes at a time continues. Lets hope he dictates a sequel filling in these 30 years
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What More Can One Say?, 12 Jan. 2009
The first review above (A Customer - P. Ingemi?) reflects the quality of penmanship and historical research of a personal kind that is to be found in Cooke's America, so much so that there is little left for me to add. This is no dry retelling of American history, but is a personal journey in words, based on the accompanying 13 part television series (now released on dvd)broadcast in 1974. According to Cooke, his book is more substantial than the documentary series itself because of a lesser restraint on information, but over all each is an excellent complement to the other. If you have the book, but do not yet have the series on dvd, be well advised to buy it. It is both a sheer joy and a sad reflection of how great TV documentary series were once made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alistaire Cooke, 19 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Alistair Cooke's America (Paperback)
This is a reprint of a previous versian that I had but it has been braught up to date. Well worth having the extra copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 29 May 2013
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This book was out of print for several years.
Now available in Kindle format for iPad.
An excellent book and makes a good combination
with Alistair Cooke's CD's " Letter from America"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 9 May 2013
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Indescribably brilliant - so informative and beutifully written. So much so that I have now bought the DVD of the TV series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A letter to all of us, 6 Dec. 2012
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This wry and, at times, slightly cynical take on American history - setting an unusual tone for a court commentator - put me in mind of the late Gore Vidal. I enjoy Cooke's writing immensely and this book - apparently the written version of a filmed series - has to be one of his best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent book, well written & at a 1penny definitley ..., 14 Oct. 2014
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An Excellent book,well written & at a 1penny definitley this years bargain buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Oct. 2014
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Enjoyed a lot. What a pity to see all good things come to an end
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly dated, 9 April 2006
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In many respects the first chapters of this book are simply wonderful, and condense everything up to the second world war into a very readable potted history of the states. Unfortunately the end of the book is now rather dated, and spoils what would otherwise have been a 5-star read. Still recommendable for the very interesting early history, though. A shame that there is no-one of a similar gravitas to pick up the work and bring it up to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Oct. 2014
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first class condition, thank you
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