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 early days of World War II that had sat there for sixty years. Published to stellar reviews in 2006, though somewhat past deadline, Cooke s "The American Home Front" 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 unique artifact and a historical gem, an unexpected and welcome discover in a time capsule. ("Washington Post") A portrait frozen in time, the book offers a charming look at the war through small towns, big cities, and the American landscape as they once were. "The American Home Front" is also a brilliant piece of reportage, a historical gem that affirms Cooke s enduring place as a great twentieth-century reporter ("American Heritage")."
The American Home Front