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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (89 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alistair Cooke Narrator: John Byrne Cooke Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In nearly 3000 BBC broadcasts over 58 years, Alistair Cooke reported on America, revealing our country's complexities and idiosyncrasies to a global audience. He was one of the most widely read and widely heard chroniclers of America - the 20th century's de Tocqueville.

Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Alistair Cooke, a newly naturalized American citizen, set out to see his country as it was undergoing monumental change. He wanted to see what the war had done to people, to the towns I might go through, to some jobs and crops, to stretches of landscape I loved and had seen at peace.

Working throughout the war, Cooke finished The American Home Front as the atomic bomb was being dropped on Hiroshima. His publisher thought there would be little interest in books on the war, so it was stuffed in a closet. It stayed there for almost 60 years, nearly forgotten, until it was unearthed shortly before Cooke's death in 2004.

The American Home Front is a fascinating artifact, a charming travelogue, and a sharp portrait that shows America changing from civilian pursuits to military engagement, from the production of consumer goods to materials of war. It is also a unique record of American life. Cooke travels small highways, with their advertising signs and their local typography, in an age before the interstate highway system. He chronicles the regional glories he encounters, elements of long-lost culture such as his beloved soda fountains, and the reactions of the citizens, from indifference to grief, from opportunism to resilience, under military threat.

Filled with touching personal stories of the effects of war, from a Japanese family facing internment that tries to sell Cooke their car, to the experiences of the unemployed relocating in hopes of jobs in a gunpowder factory, The American Home Front is the work of an experienced, talented journalist; it is intelligent, touching, and funny. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matty | 9/6/2013

    " Uncommon coverage about '40s WW2-era America, captured from his travels throughout the US. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Genie | 6/29/2013

    " I liked the anecdotes and the extreme microcosmic style of the narrative, but the writing is a bit ponderous. I'll probably come back to it eventually, but couldn't finish it right now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paganqueen | 12/30/2012

    " Cooke's writing is engaging and personal, he travels across the country and back seeking out and finding slices of Americana. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jim | 8/12/2012

    " Travels through America in 1944. The War effort touched everyone. Very descriptive and informative. "

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