American Experience: The Presidents
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That leaves three presidents about whom viewers, especially younger ones, might know considerably less, if only because they were in office well before television became the dominant medium. Theodore Roosevelt (FDR's distant cousin), a vice president who took over when President William McKinley was shot in 1901, was confident, exuberant, and aggressive, overcoming severe childhood asthma to become a wildlife expert and devoted conservationist, a prolific author, a war hero, and president in his early 40s; a genuine reformer, he stood up to America's über-rich, championed the building of the Panama Canal, and coined phrases like "the bully pulpit" and "speak softly and carry a big stick." Woodrow Wilson, elected in 1912, was a Southerner whose dyslexia, a century before it was diagnosed as such, meant that at age 10 he still couldn't read; as president, his agenda ranged from establishing an eight-hour work day and a ban on child labor to an obsession with establishing a "new world order" that would spread democracy and put an end to war after the horrors of World War I. Finally, there's Harry Truman, a haberdasher from Missouri with a high school education who was almost completely unknown when FDR died less than three months into his fourth term (Truman's first as VP); although he didn't particularly want the job, Truman's eventful presidency included the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan, the founding of the United Nations, the Korean War, and the start of the Cold War. --Sam Graham
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The earliest subject is Theodore Roosevelt ( a program originally aired in 1998 along with 5 of the others) and now covers 11 consecutive Presidents (with one exception - Eisenhower! - will they ever get around to him?) Though packaged together until the "umbrella title" of "American Experience" these show were produced and directed by different people but all appear to be well balanced and objective. I've seen a few of these stories on either TV broadcast or on individual volumes over the years. There is almost 39 hours (!) of material in this set, so I'm still working my way through.
But, based on what I've seen so far I can highly recommend this collection (with a significant reduction in "per President" cost) to any history or political junkie and it certainly is essential for any media library.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
Should be required as part of all history classes.
Well worth the time.
Answer all the questions about how as a nation we evolved into today's America!
While this series, sponsored by PBS, attempts to be truthful and non-biased (not really, I'm just saying that to be fair), and are reasonably so on most of the presidents, the episodes on Carter and Reagan are shamefully biased and do not tell a tale truthful to history as I recall it, having actually lived during those time. Never-the-less, the episodes on FDR and Johnson are very insightful and reveal how the governance of especially these two presidents have done so much to shape the current government, the programs and the laws, and the agencies we now live with, or under. So take it this series as educational and let it spur you on to research and discover more about each of these leaders of the U.S.A.
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i have the original dvd set on this "president" series. "ike" was left out. i know this because i have the tape set and "ike" is in it. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Edward R. Gronski
As a junkie of politics and government, watching this series has been amazing! Incredibly well done, with a balance of the good and bad of the Presidents.Published 1 month ago by boulderk
Well I was able to watch all the way through to Carter Part I for free on Amazon Prime, now there is a fee? Read morePublished 1 month ago by R Small
I am impressed with quality of information on the presidents - I have learned so much about each president that I have watched and I have saved the best (my favorite) for last.Published 2 months ago by Golfin' Dude
Such a great review of the Presidents. It gives me hope that our country is not going downhill. It also gives me perspective about what kind of president we should elect next year.Published 2 months ago by Aaron Burke