The Marvellous Mania - Alistair Cooke

PUBLISHED: 13:16 19 July 2007 | UPDATED: 15:10 12 May 2010

The Marvellous Mania - Alistair Cooke

The Marvellous Mania - Alistair Cooke

ALISTAIR Cooke spent more than 50 years reporting the American way of life. And his work was certainly not always about the politics or the issues of the United States. Cooke - as those who each week listened to his Letter From America know - had a passio

ALISTAIR Cooke spent more than 50 years reporting the American way of life.

And his work was certainly not always about the politics or the issues of the United States.

Cooke - as those who each week listened to his Letter From America know - had a passion for sport.

And that passion was more so for the game of golf.

The Marvellous Mania demonstrates both Cooke's love for the game and the brilliance of his reporting skills.

The pieces collected here include Arnold Palmer playing in 102-degree heat in San Antonio; Gary Player winning the US Open at Creve Coeur and several pieces about the rise of Jack Nicklaus.

As usual with Cooke there is his marvellous writing and that mischievous charm that came through in much of his work.

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