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Six Men

Six Men During his broadcasting career Alistair Cooke met and knew some of the twentieth century s most fascinating and legendary figures in journalism politics public life sport and film This is his high

  • Title: Six Men
  • Author: Alistair Cooke
  • ISBN: 9781559703178
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • During his broadcasting career Alistair Cooke met and knew some of the twentieth century s most fascinating and legendary figures, in journalism, politics, public life, sport and film This is his highly personal and revealing account of six remarkable men who crossed Cooke s path during his lifetime and who, each in their own way, made a lasting impression on him.Here areDuring his broadcasting career Alistair Cooke met and knew some of the twentieth century s most fascinating and legendary figures, in journalism, politics, public life, sport and film This is his highly personal and revealing account of six remarkable men who crossed Cooke s path during his lifetime and who, each in their own way, made a lasting impression on him.Here are candid portraits of the lovable yet unreliable Charlie Chaplin, who, when asked to be Cooke s best man, mysteriously vanished on the day the complex and private man behind Humphrey Bogart s tough guy image and the charming yet childlike golden boy Edward VIII Cooke also recalls his friend and mentor, the flawed contrarian and satirist H.L Mencken, the larger than life liberal politician Adlai Stevenson and the heroic social reformer Bertrand Russell Each superbly realized portrait gives us an insight into a golden age of great men , and is a masterpiece of observation, warmth and humour.

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    1. I grew up knowing Cooke only as the "Masterpiece Theater guy" on PBS. I had no knowledge of the other fascinating things he had done in this country and his native one. He shows Bogart in an entirely new light, as a gentleman and a modest, self effacing follower of politics. His portrait of Bertrand Russell includes explanations for how Russell managed to offend just about every institution (and woman, for that matter) that welcomed him, although resurrection often followed. I like Cooke's somet [...]

    2. Alistair Cooke was undeniably one of the ablest writer/broadcasters of the 20th Century. His brilliant use of language, allied to his comprehensive, yet always non-confrontational coverage of a topic, meant he acquired an enormously loyal following from those who read or listened to his prose. This book "Six Men" enhances his reputation further by providing us with fresh insights as to how we might regard people as diverse as Charlie Chaplin, Bertrand Russell and Mencken. The fact Cooke, perceiv [...]

    3. sometimes found reading this book laborious. alistair seems to love long, complex sentences. however, his vignettes of these men were interesting, entertaining and sometimes intriguing. who knew charlie chaplin was 5 feet tall? or that bogart was nothing like the characters he portrayed on the screen? the book makes/made me want to read biographies of these men. am now reading donaldson's book on edward viii. later will try bertrand russell.

    4. I think I began wanting to read up on Mencken, then thought better to pull myself back a bit when I came upon this Alastair Cooke volume in a physical library. The array of profiles struck me as oddly, neatly chosen.It turns out the sequence of them follows loosely upon Cooke's having met the men, some first as a student and then the later ones as a journalist. There's a taste of Cooke's own professional life, a sense of his placement in this world, his luck, but the focus is always on the subje [...]

    5. The book has become very dated. Think of it as 6 in-depth profiles ala Vanity Fair. These are written with an understanding that the reader will already know something about the subjects. While I'm well read, I don't think I've ever heard of H.L. Mencken or Bertrand Russell other than seeing their names on the cover of this book. If I'd been an adult at the time of the book's publication and had read it then, I'm sure it would have received a much higher rating from me.The chapters on Chaplin, E [...]

    6. William Safire, William F. Buckley, and Alistair Cooke are some of the first writers I go to when I want to be impressed and provoked by masterful English language use. Biography is one of my favorite genres. This book is a convenient combination of my favorites in that it gives me thumbnail biographies of six well-known figures presented in remarkable depth for such a compact presentation.“A Note on Fame and Friendship” is a necessary preface to the work in that it addresses criticisms of t [...]

    7. I picked this book up for a re-read. The "Six Men" were relevant in their day but are more historical curiosities today. However, each story takes the reader through times that should not be forgotten. The book provides context. McCarthyism, the Bay of Pigs, politics and fame are all integral to the various stories. Iif one wants a description of the British constitution then the section on Edward VIII provides an excellent short explanation. Better than . Also, the Edward VIII section should gi [...]

    8. Insightful essays on six complicated men. Alistair Cooke knew all these men - and he liked them - so I'm not sure that we get a full look at their darker sides. Nevertheless, he writes with such civility and warmth that it's a joy to read each essay. I feel like I know each figure just a bit. I love how he writes about the irascible H. L. Mencken: "Many of his victims became good friends, and he never minded if they excoriated him in kind. If they were able. The rub here was that Mencken had the [...]

    9. A brief, but very engaging profile of six interesting 20th century figures. It was an audacious idea to profile men as different as Bertrand Russell and Bogart in the same book; what's most interesting is that Cooke makes it cohere wonderfully. Cooke recounts scintillating stories of his personal experiences with these men (Russell would read a murder mystery novel in fifteen minutes!) that reveal, surprising, hitherto unknown aspects of them. Cooke's essay evaluations of these figures are a con [...]

    10. Mr. Cooke uses words so well These six portraits are of men whose names are familiar us (Bertrand Russell and Adlai Stevenson, to name two) but whose lives and personalities are no longer on our radar. These aren't biographies, more sketches of the life at a certain moment with glimpses of the past and present. Each selection is rather personal, with the author interacting in some way with each person. Most of the time he's an observer, listening to the pontifications and musings (which in the c [...]

    11. A very interesting read. Two of the men in this book, Meneken and Russell, I had never really heard about while Chaplin, Bogart, Adlai Stevenson and Edward VIII were all familiar to me. I enjoyed to insight into each character even though this was written in the 70s. I enjoy history so this appealed to me.

    12. The legendary host of the BBC's Letters from America which ran for more than 30 years. the book includes his reflections of Charles Chaplin, King Edward V111, H.L. Mencken, Humphrey Bogart, Adlai Srevenson and Bertrand Russell. Superb reading

    13. I love "I was there and I saw this" books. When you put that together with an outstanding author writing about 20th century icons - what's not to like?

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