Alistair Cooke's American Journey

Abridged by Neil Cargill, read by Jack Davenport.

In 1941 the bombing of Pearl Harbour meant that America entered the Second World War, and Alistair Cooke, an Englishman who'd only just become a citizen of the United States, set off on a journey throughout the length and breadth of the country to find out what the war meant to the ordinary American.

Telling stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things was what Cooke always felt he did best, and he gives a fascinating picture of how the American's reacted to the war, talking to soldier's, prostitutes, Southern farmers, RAF trainee pilots, granite workers, a Texan with a rapidly diminishing fleet of oil tankers, a scientist with a mission to make concentrated orange juice for the War effort and a host of others.

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01Introduction To A War20060626

Abridged by Neil Cargill, read by Jack Davenport.

In 1941 the bombing of Pearl Harbour meant that America entered the Second World War, and Alistair Cooke, an Englishman who'd only just become a citizen of the United States, set off on a journey throughout the length and breadth of the country to find out what the war meant to the ordinary American.

Telling stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things was what Cooke always felt he did best, and he gives a fascinating picture of how the American's reacted to the war, talking to soldier's, prostitutes, Southern farmers, RAF trainee pilots, granite workers, a Texan with a rapidly diminishing fleet of oil tankers, a scientist with a mission to make concentrated orange juice for the War effort and a host of others.Nick Clarke sets the scene for this recently discovered account of the journalist's travels.

02A Passport To The People20060627

Having managed to work his way through wads of red tape, Alistair Cooke sets out on his journey.

03Down South20060628

You'd expect oil tankers to play a part in the war, but what do oranges have to do with the war effort ?

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05 LASTFour Months In 194520060630

Cooke returns to New York.