Skip to comments.Heads up!! "The War" begins tonight on PBS
Posted on 09/23/2007 8:54:51 AM PDT by submarinerswifeEdited on 09/23/2007 9:01:27 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Premeires tonight at 8pm on PBS. 7 part series
He kept politics out of the documentry.
I have been waiting months for this.
“He kept politics out of the documentry. “
I hope so. We’ll see
Oh the Civil War series was spectacular. I had to buy the DVD collection.
He is not a revisionist who skews the facts, that is for sure. I think his Baseball series was also brilliant.
Let me know how well it’s done. The left of center editor of my local rag wrote that he will be watching this show with his son tonight so he can teach his son about the cost of war. I just hope he can understand the costs of not going to war.
I sure hope he tells the truth as my father flew the Burma Hump in WWII. You did not know if you were going to return everytime you flew.
It’s not entirely free of politics. Burns gave in to Hispanic pressure groups that wanted more of their members to be included in the documentary. They’re still pissed off and vowing to boycott it.
so no “Experts” or “Historians” , “Professors”- injecting their bias into the true nature of War?
You left of center editor might tell his son the brave military gave him the freedom to discuss this series.
Participated in the last mission of the war.
I grew up around all these great men, and have always been thankful they were there when our country called them.
Blessings and thanks to your dad. My father passed away in 1981. I will always be grateful.
since PBS (Pravda broadcasting service) is unavailable in my area I’ll have to wait until it comes out on Disk, but if he continues that Roosevelt ended the great depression, then theres politics’s injected.
WWII ended the great depression. Roosevelt fought entering the War,hoping for neutrality.
In Hi-Def if you got it. Burns’ Civil War was the best thing ever produced for television and this one is supposed to be better? I don’t see how.
That will backfire because the son will see the reason for war.
If you boycotted PBS, would anybody really notice?
Can you point out the leftist slant in The Civil War, Baseball, and Jazz? I must have missed it somewhere along the way.
Mine passed in 2001 and two of his best friends, one who worked for him up until his death were POWs. His very best friend’s brother is still missing in that war.
My father also flew out of Guam on B-29’s. He was the Co-Pilot and said he was on Tinian when the bomb arrived,he said he had no idea what it was. He died in 1992 of ALS (Lou Gehrig disease).
I've heard from Oliver Stone, Micheal Moore, and now Ken Burns.
He kept politicans out of the documentry. There's a huge difference between the two.
Band of Brothers was good, But it killed the US WW2 reenactor. After B.O.B, Everyone wanted to be 101st Airborne and everyone thought they were LT Spears.
I wish someone would do something on little Known units, like the “ Bloodbucket” A PA National Guard unit that fought hard and was almost destroyed.
Expect it since all the talking is done by those who were there and Burns is just the host.
It’s kind of like the stories on Gettysburg, which always talk about Joshua Chamberlain’s Maine regiment (and virtually no one else) on the second day.
One of my uncles was a POW to the Germans during WWII, he passed in 1992 of brain cancer.
Another uncle was with the Army Corp of Engineers that built the Radford Army Ammunition Plant near where I live (It's still cranking out munitions for our armed forces.)
Other uncles of mine have served as support for the military in some capacity or another.
Maybe some units need better PR people.
My father worked on a AA gun crew. Their chief duties was to shoot down Buzz Bombs hitting London. They shot down something like 8 out of 10. The Brits were very pleased.
Dad passed away when I was 3 years old, but he kept all his Company newletters and paperwork. It was very interesting reading.
So many documentaries are technically accurate, but by omission they don't show any positive things. By omission they become political.
Oh, sorry...WWII. Well. Erase my last thought. I will check it out.
Need to take Tom Hanks out for a drink, perhaps.
“I sure hope he tells the truth as my father flew the Burma Hump in WWII.
You did not know if you were going to return everytime you flew.”
YEARS ago, I read some of Ernest K. Gann’s books about his time in
early aviation and into flying transport in WWII.
His recounting of some flights (civilian and for the military)
were harrowing...and just short of being “beyond belief”.
IIRC, he talked about some of the nearly psychedelic mental effects
of flying un-pressurized transport version of the B-24.
It’s amazing that any of them returned alive from a string of those
Burns has a great track record. I’m betting this one will also be a winner. I’ll be watching.
.................Coming Soon! On September 23 an in-depth, interactive Web site will be available right here. The site will feature information about the witnesses who share their experiences throughout the film; a close-up look at the four communities featured in the film; extensive information about the series and the filmmakers; and a searchable database containing hundreds items used in the making of THE WAR.
I heard his interview with Bob Costas,where he said there was lots of critism against Lincoln during the Civil war,and FDR in WWll,and then proceeded to critise President Bush for the war on terror.Apparently the irony went right over his head.
PBS’s site also has a downloadable viewers guide, for the teachers amongst us.
I plan on taping it, then dvr-ing it for a really loooonnnnng flight.
He was section chief for a battery of 105's that fired regularly at a mountain called "Ol' Papasan". This mountain was honeycombed with tunnels that the N.Koreans dug to get past our lines. Sometimes, they would fire for 48 hours straight; at night, the gun barrels would glow red.
Dad said that mountain was about 40 feet shorter when he left, and a lot of N.Koreans were killed there when the tunnels caved in on them....
He fought in the campaigns in the Ardennes, Central Europe, Naples-Foggis, Rhineland, and Rome-Arno.
BTW all with the wrong blood type listed on his dog-tag. When he came home and married my mom, he got back the blood test. He did not have type O, but A+.
I am curious if he gets into any of the footage since he was standing by one of the photographers as Monte Cassino was being bombed.
He died when he was 55, the age I will be in less than one month.
As I recall McCleenan ran as a Democrat against Lincoln and hinted that if he won the election he would make peace with the South.
Not surprising he won in NJ, heck they made him their governor.
He had a brother who died when he and mom got married, who was only 21. Seven years later, they gave their first born his brother's first name.
So far, I've more than doubled my namesake's age (48), and I have no intentions of stopping!
He was overseas since North Africa in 43 and did not get home until late 45, he married my mom and had 7 children, sending two of them off to college before his death.
Not bad, dad, not bad at all.
I was being a bit harsh on Ken Burns for the liesurely pace of his
“Jazz” and “Baseball” documentaries.
I’m usually the one that my friends/family will accuse of being a
fan of “slow-paced” productions from the BBC or other international shows.
I may not be a big fan of all of Burn’s work-product...but generally
I’d say they beat a lot of the other competitors in the history-documentary market.
Burns and his crew do a great job of documenting pivotal moments
of US history/culture.
I hope Burns and Co. do a bang-up job with their WWII documentary.
And just tell the truth of what happened.
That’s the best way to telling a great history.
Because people realize “Hey, these are real, human, fallible people
that accomplished this task...the sort of thing that the ancients
would usually attribute to a “g-d” or mythic figure.
And I hope some day Burns And Co. will do a BIG special on the American
Revolution (I don’t think they have yet).
It would be great if they went on-site for many of the Revolutionary
Battles...even the ones that happened on what are now totally urban
sites in Boston, NYC, etc.
The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz — all excellent. If Michael Moore is the example of what a documentarian shouldn’t be, Ken Burns is nan example of what they should. If anyone can summarize WWII in a mere 14 hours, Burns is that man. I’ve set the DVR to record the series.
My one and only gripe with Burns is that he gives, in my view, too much weight to the “color line” as the main thread in American history. In the Cilvil War, Baseball and Jazz, the main theme is always race. And black folks certainly did a lot of hard work for little credit during WWII — it’s a story that needs telling. But its not the only, or even the main, story. I hope Burns keeps it in perspective.
Exactly, my dad liked to tell people he flew whiskey and nurses; that is if he told anyone anything until he got a lot older. They didn’t talk much about that war. And he wouldn’t eat rice for the rest of his life.
And to add to it; the fog was so thick the odds you were going to run into the mountains.