Cooke lived in a rent controlled apartment in Manhattan for more than 50 years.
Cooke: In America the race is on between its decadence and its vitality, and it has lots of both.
He presented his Letter from America series on BBC radio for 58 years and 2,869 instalments between 1946 and 2004, making it the longest-running series in history to be presented by a single person.
When Cooke was asked how long it took him to make America, his critically acclaimed documentary series, he replied: "I do not want to be coy, but it took 40 years."
He was parodied in Sesame Street's "Monsterpiece Theater" as "Alistair Cookie."
Douglas Fairbanks: The Making of a Screen Character (1940 - ISBN 0870706845)
Mencken (1955 - ISBN 0848804651)
Talk About America (1968 - ISBN 0370003349)
The Americans (1980 - 0425046818)
Talk About America, 1951-68 (1981 - ISBN 0140057641)
A Generation on Trial: The USA v. Alger Hiss (1982 - ISBN 0-313-23373-X)
The Patient Has the Floor (1986 - ISBN 1-55504-214-7)
America Observed: From the 1940s to the 1980s (1988 - ISBN 0394573420)
Six Men (1995 - ISBN 1-55970-317-2)
Fun & Games with Alistair Cooke: On Sport and Other Amusements (1996 - ISBN 1-55970-327-X)
Memories of the Great and the Good (2000 - ISBN 1-55970-545-0)
Alistair Cooke's America (2003 - ISBN 1841882291)
Letter from America: 1946-2004 (2005 - ISBN 0141020156)
The American Home Front: 1941-1942 (2006 - ISBN 0-87113-939-1)
Alistair Cooke's American Journey: Life on the Home Front in the Second World War (2006 - ISBN 0-713-99879-2)
He was just yards away from Senator Bobby Kennedy when he was assassinated in 1968.
He was a passionate fan of jazz music, a passion which he alluded to during his America series.
In 1974, Cooke was invited to speak before a joint session of the United States Congress as part of its bicentennial celebrations. Cooke joked during his speech: "I gratefully accept your nomination for President of the United States!"
Cooke was awarded an honorary knighthood (KBE) in 1973, but was not known as "Sir Alistair" because he was no longer a British citizen.
Awards: Emmy (1973) for Individuals contributing to Documentary Programs, BAFTA (1991) silver award for his contribution to Anglo-American relations.
Charlie Chaplin was supposed to be his best man but he vanished at the last minute.
He was married to Ruth Emerson, grand-niece of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in 1934. They were divorced in 1944.
Was engaged to Bettina Riddle, daughter of actor Henry Ainley, before moving to study in the United States
At Cambridge he becoming the editor of The Granta, the student magazine
He was educated at Blackpool Grammar School and at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he gained a 2:1 in English
He legally added the name "Alistair" at the age of 22.