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message 1: by Kevin (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:38PM) (new)

Kevin | 3 comments WWII is one of my favorite topics in history. There are so many great story lines, heroes, villains, and events that had long lasting geo-political implications that I find it all fascinating.

It's not a book, but I'm looking forward to watching the Ken Burns documentary "The War" on PBS. Here is the schedule (in EST) for anyone else who might be interested.

[http://www.pbs.org/thewar/?campaign=p...]

The War

# 101 A Necessary War
8:00pm Sunday, September 23
12:30am Monday, September 24
1:00pm Saturday, September 29
9:00pm Wednesday, October 03

# 102 When Things Get Tough
8:00pm Monday, September 24
12:30am Tuesday, September 25
4:10pm Saturday, September 29
6:15pm Saturday, September 29
9:00pm Wednesday, October 10

# 103 A Deadly Calling
8:00pm Tuesday, September 25
12:30am Wednesday, September 26
1:00pm Sunday, September 30
9:00pm Wednesday, October 17

# 104 Pride of Our Nation
8:00pm Wednesday, September 26
12:30am Thursday, September 27
3:15pm Sunday, September 30
9:00pm Wednesday, October 24

# 105 FUBAR
8:00pm Sunday, September 30
12:30am Monday, October 01
1:30pm Saturday, October 06
9:00pm Wednesday, October 31

# 106 The Ghost Front
8:00pm Monday, October 01
12:30am Tuesday, October 02
4:00pm Saturday, October 06

# 107 A World Without War
8:00pm Tuesday, October 02
12:30am Wednesday, October 03
1:30pm Sunday, October 07


message 2: by Fred (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:39PM) (new)

Fred | 2 comments If Ken Burns does as good a job on WWII as he did on Jazz, I'll be there every second.


message 3: by Carolyn (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:41PM) (new)

Carolyn Fitzpatrick (carolyn_fitzpatrick) The reviews haven't been good. It almost exclusively uses people's memories without checking them against the historical record to see if they were typical or not. Plus he got a lot of criticism for not including perspectives from any Hispanic veterans, who were major contributers to the war effort. Plus I think I read somewhere that any unsavory aspects of the war, such as internment camps and segregation, received only token treatment. All this raises the question of whether the film is mean as a documentary of "The War," or a documentary of our nostalgia for "The War."


message 4: by Tracey (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:56PM) (new)

Tracey | 2 comments I watched every episode of "The War" all I have to say is Ken Burns is a master at telling our history. I agree with him on how sad it is that today’s school kids do not know our history. For me that is scary and sad.
I command him on his commitment to history; I can not wait for his next project.


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