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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

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