As a correspondent for the Manchester Guardian (1945–73), Cooke also became known for his long-running weekly BBC broadcast, Letter from America (1946–2004). His U.S. reputation and visibility soared when he hosted commercial television's pioneering cultural magazine Omnibus (1952–61), the BBC's historical series America (1972–73), and public television's Masterpiece Theater (1971–1992). His numerous books include biographies, adaptations of his Letters pieces, Generation on Trial: U.S.A. v. Alger Hiss (1950), the best seller Alistair Cooke's America (1973; adapted from the series), and America Observed (1988).
See his The American Home Front, 1941–1942 (2006); biography by N. Clarke (2000).
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