The War At Home

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The resulting book was a unique testimony on how the homeland had coped with the most cataclysmic war in history. But with hostilities over, his publisher thought that the public appetite for such an account had vanished. The manuscript was tossed into a closet in Cooke’s Fifth Avenue apartment. Six decades later, just before he died, it was found. Its historical merit leaped from its pages. Although “long past deadline,” as says the veteran newspaperman Harold Evans in his foreword to The American Home Front: 194 1– 1942 (Atlantic Monthly Press, 327 pages, $24.00), it nonetheless affirms Cooke’s enduring place as a great twentieth-century reporter.

George Perry