The First Impact

Episode 1 of 13

Duration: 50 minutes

First transmitted in 1972, Alistair Cooke offers a personal history of his experiences within the United States. He recounts some of the most memorable places he visited and reminisces over many of the surprising discoveries that he made.Cooke details his first visit to America as a 23-year-old. Retracing his journey, Cooke recalls many of the significant attachments that he made in the States, among them the city of New Orleans and his friendship with journalist HL Mencken.

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Alistair Cooke
Sir Denis Brogan
Ann Turner
Michael Gill


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