Talk About America - Alistair Cooke (1974 spoken word journalist 2 x LPs - BBC 51)

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In the first of the two talks on Disc One of this double album, Alistair Cooke presents a skilful thumb-nail sketch of the USA as it was 250 years ago and compares it with the super-power of 1974. He paints a vivid picture of the build-up of population by successive waves of immigration, and of problems, both physical and political, caused by the size of the country and its different climatic conditions.

He also explains how it is possible for fifty States, some of which he says are as different as Denmark and Egypt, to run in harmony with one central government.

In the second talk he looks at the South which he describes as "one whole region of the United States, so different from all the others - whether you consider them together or apart - that it represents almost a separate nation and a separate culture..." .

He deals with the importance of the Old South in American politics, the Civil War and reconstruction, the industries which have come to the South during and since WWII, economic changes growing from increasing urbanisation and political changes caused by factors such as racial integration policy.

Disc Two contains five talks from his "Letter From America" series on Radio 4. They vary from the comic to the eerie to the spellbinding to the historic; all of them have what one critic called that "genius for easygoing suspense that has kept millions of listeners devoted to Alistair Cooke down all the years since the evening in March 1946, when he gave his first "Letter..."

Side One: The USA

Side Two: The South

Side Three: 1) Alcatraz 2) The New Californians

Side Four: 1) The Non-Assassination Of JF Kennedy 2) A Tiny Claim To Fame 3) A Ruined Woman

Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record1/record2/sleeve) VG+/EX-/VG+.

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Band/artist(s):
Alistair Cooke (1974 spoken word journalist 2 x LPs
Catalogue number:
BBC 51)
Condition:
Excellent
Genre:
Soundtracks
Label:
BBC
Sleeve condition:
Very good
Tracks:
7

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In the first of the two talks on Disc One of this double album, Alistair Cooke presents a skilful thumb-nail sketch of the USA as it was 250 years ago and compares it with the super-power of 1974. He paints a vivid picture of the build-up of population by successive waves of immigration, and of problems, both physical and political, caused by the size of the country and its different climatic conditions.

He also explains how it is possible for fifty States, some of which he says are as different as Denmark and Egypt, to run in harmony with one central government.

In the second talk he looks at the South which he describes as "one whole region of the United States, so different from all the others - whether you consider them together or apart - that it represents almost a separate nation and a separate culture..." .

He deals with the importance of the Old South in American politics, the Civil War and reconstruction, the industries which have come to the South during and since WWII, economic changes growing from increasing urbanisation and political changes caused by factors such as racial integration policy.

Disc Two contains five talks from his "Letter From America" series on Radio 4. They vary from the comic to the eerie to the spellbinding to the historic; all of them have what one critic called that "genius for easygoing suspense that has kept millions of listeners devoted to Alistair Cooke down all the years since the evening in March 1946, when he gave his first "Letter..."

Side One: The USA

Side Two: The South

Side Three: 1) Alcatraz 2) The New Californians

Side Four: 1) The Non-Assassination Of JF Kennedy 2) A Tiny Claim To Fame 3) A Ruined Woman

Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record1/record2/sleeve) VG+/EX-/VG+.

Band/artist(s):
Alistair Cooke (1974 spoken word journalist 2 x LPs
Catalogue number:
BBC 51)
Condition:
Excellent
Genre:
Soundtracks
Label:
BBC
Sleeve condition:
Very good
Tracks:
7

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