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Alistair Cooke's Six Men, 1977 Biographical Essays

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Biographical essays on Charles Chaplin, Edward VIII, H L Mencken, Adlai Stevenson, Bertrand Russell and Humphrey Bogart, Six Men, 1977, shows Alistair Cooke as an intelligent observer and gifted writer of his 20th century.

Best remembered in America as the smooth and erudite host of Masterpiece Theatre, Cooke explores six famous and accomplished men of the time:

Charles Chaplin, The One and Only
Edward VIII, The Golden Boy
H. L. Mencken, The Public and the Private Face
Adlai Stevenson, The Failed Saint
Bertrand Russell, The Lord of Reason
Humphrey Bogart, Epitaph for a Tough Guy

Each article is accompanied by a full page black and white photograph of its subject.

Cooke (1908-2004), born in England, was for more than five decades a reporter and interpreter of American society on BBC radio's Letter from America. He also hosted the popular Omnibus series which appeared on all three major networks in the U.S.A.

The book is in good, firm condition. The binding is strong . There are no tears or marks other than a previous owner's name and a date on the flyleaf. The dark blue and cream fabric cover shows a few external signs of use, but the dust jacket is clearly worn at the edges and on the spine with a couple small tears. This dust jacket, however, even if a bit ragged, is an asset for any reader.

Also included in this listing is a contemporary review of this book by James Reston entitled "Cooke's Half Dozen," clipped from the New York Times Book Review or September 27, 1977.

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