“Revealing portrait. . . . A vivid, endlessly interesting view of the home front.” Kirkus Reviews
The American Home Front: 1941-1942
978-0-8021-4332-7 • $15.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2007
History (World War II)
“An unexpected and welcome discovery in a time capsule . . . even after all these years, and all those countless previous books about the wartime home front, Cooke has interesting things to tell us.” Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
In nearly three thousand BBC broadcasts over fifty-eight years, Alistair Cooke reported on America, illuminating our country for a global audience. He was one of the most widely read and widely heard chroniclers of Americathe Twentieth Century’s de Tocqueville.
Cooke died in 2004, but shortly before he passed away a long-forgotten manuscript resurfaced in a closet in his New York apartment. It was a travelogue of America during the first few days of the Second World War.
Published to stellar reviews in 2006, though “somewhat past deadline, Cooke’s lastbut, in a sense, also his firstbook is a valentine to his adopted country by someone who loved it as well as anyone and knew it better than most” (The Plain Dealer [Cleveland]). It is a charming look at small towns, big cities, and the American landscape, but also a unique artifact, a portrait of American life frozen in time. The American Home Front is a brilliant piece of reportage, a historical gem that “affirms Cooke’s enduring place as a great twentieth-century reporter” (American Heritage).