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The 9/11 attacks, the war on terror and invasion of Iraq defined George W Bush’s first term. A fascinating social, cultural and political look at American life from Alistair Cooke

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Bush Jr Years (2001- 2004) BBC

    • Society & Culture

The 9/11 attacks, the war on terror and invasion of Iraq defined George W Bush’s first term. A fascinating social, cultural and political look at American life from Alistair Cooke

    Alistair Cooke's Last Letter

    Alistair Cooke's Last Letter

    In Alistair Cooke's last letter, he considers how the war in Iraq is a key element in the run-up to the US Presidential Election.

    • 13 min
    How WWI turned slimming into a fashion

    How WWI turned slimming into a fashion

    Alistair Cooke recalls how slimming became fashionable during the food shortages that followed the First World War.

    • 13 min
    Encounters with Intelligence

    Encounters with Intelligence

    Alistair Cooke looks at the meaning of 'intelligence' and recounts how he was mistaken for a spy during World War II.

    • 13 min
    Was Saddam a Threat or Not?

    Was Saddam a Threat or Not?

    Alistair Cooke discusses the resignation of the US chief weapons inspector, Dr David Kay.

    • 13 min
    The Day of the GP is Over

    The Day of the GP is Over

    Alistair Cooke remembers the days before specialisation when doctors in the USA used to make house calls.

    • 13 min
    Temperatures Drop

    Temperatures Drop

    Alistair Cooke thinks back to a winter in Palm Beach, as Arctic weather hits the northern states.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

Dr Blob ,

Compelling Insights from Master Journalist & Humanist

Especially with the benefit of hindsight, the wit & wisdom of Alistair Cooke is a sheer delight. This unusual man manufactured a career for himself equal to none. Intelligent, insightful, worldly; with a keen eye for the pompous & ridiculous and with an easy ability to analyse major events & social trends, his fluid style did not dim with his advancing age.
How would he have reacted had he known that even after death he would make headlines?
Would he have engaged in "Burke & Hare" gallows humour?
I suspect so - that those old bones would be delighted to go on clacking....
Vale, Mr Cooke... and thank you.

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