ONE MAN'S AMERICA by Alistair Cooke
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These pieces, originally written for broadcast in England, about what is best (they hear plenty about what is worst) about the American people, provide a warmly appreciative and subtly differentiative national profile. Mr. Cooke, who does not deal in stereotypes but is sensitive to the diversification of inheritance and the regional modification, uses the immediate observation for a more extended insight on the national character and mode of conduct. There are immigrants and Indians and 49ers; there are personalities- Joe Louis and Margaret Truman, Will Rogers and Willie Howard; there are seasonal variations the country over, and the firm attachment to New York and an uptown neighborhood; and there's a respect for the common citizen, his devotion to gad-, his love of comfort (possibly at the expense of what the Briton considers character-building), and his inalienable belief in his own future and the other guy's rights.... A bright glauce at the ""folbles of the rich uncle overseas"", by the Manchester reporter whose opinions and affections form a happy composite.

Pub Date: April 21st, 1952
Publisher: Knopf