Alistair Cooke's America
100 colour & b&w
250 x 180mm
UK & BritishCommonwealth (Weidenfeld & Nicolson),
USA (Carroll & Graf)
As the United States adjusts uneasily to its role as sole superpower in a world of shifting allegiances, it has never been more important to understand what has made the oldest democracy work and survive through 200 years.
Alistair Cooke's irresistibly readable 'personal history of the United States' tells of the famous and the infamous, explorers, politicians, inventors, the first tycoons, but mostly of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in settling and domesticating a wilderness.
'As brilliant a popular study of the country as we are apt to get for a long while. Put it on the shelf beside Tocqueville.' Boston Globe
'Alistair Cooke reads as well as he sounds: witty, erudite, full of insight and wisdom.' The Times
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