Six Men

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Penguin Adult, Oct 2, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages

During his broadcasting career Alistair Cooke met and knew some of the twentieth century's most fascinating and legendary figures, in journalism, politics, public life, sport and film. This is his highly personal and revealing account of six remarkable men who crossed Cooke's path during his lifetime and who, each in their own way, made a lasting impression on him.

Here are candid portraits of the lovable yet unreliable Charlie Chaplin, who, when asked to be Cooke's best man, mysteriously vanished on the day; the complex and private man behind Humphrey Bogart's tough guy image; and the charming yet childlike 'golden boy' Edward VIII. Cooke also recalls his friend and mentor, the flawed contrarian and satirist H.L. Mencken, the larger-than-life liberal politician Adlai Stevenson and the heroic social reformer Bertrand Russell. Each superbly realized portrait gives us an insight into a golden age of 'great men', and is a masterpiece of observation, warmth and humour.

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User Review  - EricCostello - LibraryThing

Urbane and witty compendium of six biographical essays; one on each of Chalplin, Mencken, Bogart, Stevenson, Bertrand Russell and Edward VIII. To a certain extent, these are eyewitness accounts, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - foof2you - LibraryThing

An ok read not a lot of great information. this book looks at six men that Cooke covered and found interesting. Written in 1977 these men were popular in the thirties, forties and fifties, not much to learn. The one on Edward VIII was interesting since he gave up the throne for a woman. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Alistair Cooke enjoyed an extraordinary life in print, radio and television. Born in Manchester in 1908 and educated at Cambridge, Yale and Harvard, he was the BBC's film critic from 1934 to 1937. He then returned to America and became a US citizen in 1941. Cooke was the Guardian'sSenior Correspondent in New York for twenty-five years and the host of groundbreaking cultural programmes on American TV and of the BBC series America, which was a huge hit and led to the international bestselling book Alistair Cooke's America(deemed so valuable that copies were put in every US public library). Cooke was made an honorary KBE in 1973 for his outstanding contribution to Anglo-American mutual understanding, and received many other awards including the Peabody Award, the Dimbleby Award, four Emmy Awards and the Benjamin Franklin Award. He had a passion for films, jazz and golf, and was a talented pianist. Alistair Cooke was, however, best known at home and abroad for his weekly BBC broadcast 'Letter from America', which reported on fifty-eight years of US life, was heard over five continents and totalled 2,869 broadcasts before his retirement in February 2004. He wrote many of these scripts in his New York apartment overlooking Central Park, where he brought up his family and lived with his wife Jane White until his death on 30 March 2004

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