Letter from America by Alistair Cooke
I had high hopes from this collection of transcripts from Cooke's long-running BBC radio program, and the early years were quite interesting and fun to read. He seemed to be able to perceive American culture accurately and without prejudice in the 40s and 50s. Over time, however, Cooke's liberal conservatism became old-man conservatism, and the post-1980 essays seem to be out of touch and self-aggrandizing. I didn't actually finish these -- I skimmed the 90s and 00s looking for obituary reminiscences, which are interesting at least.