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Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Reagan Years (1981-1988)

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Ronald Reagan’s presidency: Reagonomics, the Grenada invasion, the Iran-contra scandal and reconciliation with the Soviet. Alistair Cooke's fascinating account of American life.


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14:33 | Nov 12th, 1982

Washington opening of new memorial which speaks volumes about the war America did not win. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped a...Show More

14:44 | Sep 9th, 1988

Too strange to be believed, the natural phenomena that prompted the founding of the US national parks. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between ...Show More
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13:26 | Nov 11th, 1983

Rosa Parks' refusal to recognise segregation, the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955, and the passing of a bill to recognise Martin Luther King Jr Day as a national holiday.

14:02 | Dec 9th, 1988

Misgivings over Gorbachev's liberalisation proposals as observers fear further splits from satellite nations. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who bet...Show More

14:09 | Dec 2nd, 1988

Yasser Arafat's speech at the UN, the denial of his visa by US secretary of state George Schultz, and the view that Palestinians are moving towards reconciliation with Israel.
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