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(Jul 24, 2008)
An entire political science course in 90 minutes, AMERICAN FEUD is the first historical documentary to trace the history of Liberalism and Conservatism in the United States.
Designed to appeal to a general audience as well as students and political activists, AMERICAN FEUD explores the back story of a political system seemingly in crisis.
"I began watching this with trepidation and ending in jubilation. This wonderful talkumentary is a scrupulously non-partisan, yet tough-minded celebration of democracy and a delightfully fiendish counterattack on the cant delivered from sides of the political spectrum. What's most striking about the film is how the better souls on both the left and right emerge as kindred spirits. Frequently hilarious, always honest, and very highly recommended!"
Ralph Peters, columnist and author of Looking For Trouble,
Adventures in a Broken World
Interviews with a diverse cast of characters give a nuanced picture of how two political philosophies have changed over time and suggest that mindlessly clinging to outdated ideas prevents us from having good government now and in the future.
* Kevin Phillips (former Republican strategist & author)
* Noam Chomsky
* G. Gordon Liddy
* Thomas Frank (What's the Matter With Kansas?)
* Lee Edwards (Heritage foundation scholar of Conservatism)
* Howard Zinn (A People's History of the U.S.)
* Mona Charen (Useful Idiots...)
* Michael Barone (Co-author, The Almanac of American Politics)
* David Boaz (Libertarian leader)
* Michael Kazin (historian)
* Donna Brazile, (CNN commentator)
* Adrian Wooldridge (Co-author, The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America)
* David Stoesz (Social Policy Scholar)
"This is a feud you want to get in the middle of...an accessible, wide-ranging review of how and why we came to use the labels "Liberal" and "Conservative" -- and what Americans can do to get beyond them."
-- Eric Liu, co-author of The True Patriot
Here's what you get in the DVD:
The 90 minute feature, which uses expert and man-on-the-street interviews, archival film, photographs, electoral maps, quotes, colorful graphics and music, and a little donkey and elephant to tell the history of Liberalism and Conservatism from the 1890's to the present.
60 minutes of DVD EXTRAS:
* 15 extra minutes of the Noam Chomsky interview
* Extra scenes including "Breaking the Stalemate" - an idea for fixing gridlock
* Producer/Director commentary track
* "Deleted Nuggets" 15 minutes of great interview clips from the cutting room floor
* Suggested reading list
* Behind the scenes time lapse wide shots of interviews (set-up and breakdown too)
* A secret hidden menu ("Easter Egg")
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I was expecting this to be much more informative. It was done in a light-hearted cartoon way which is okay. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by LettermanLady
I was hoping for more of a history lesson and background about the how's and why's. It did go through the years and talk about the different presidents and candidates, but there... Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by Ms. Frizzle
I know of many professors and librarians who have ordered this title, and I myself (a filmmaker and university lecturer) learned a great deal about the history of conservatives and... Read morePublished on March 15, 2010 by Filmmaker and University Lecturer
The rapid ascendancy and equally rapid decline of Obama and the Democrats raises a critical question for 2010: is there such a thing as conservative and liberal any more? Read morePublished on January 18, 2010 by Dean Hamer
It is a treat to see balanced and thoughtful documentary. American Feud is comprehensive and informative film that explains elusive meaning of what is liberal and conservative in... Read morePublished on December 22, 2009 by Leon Gerskovic
The filmmakers use their skill and humor to create an informative and entertaining documentary that makes a complex subject intellectually accessible. Read morePublished on December 15, 2009 by William Heffley
American Feud provides a highly informative and slyly entertaining tour of the great debate between conservatives and liberals in U.S. politics. Read morePublished on December 13, 2009 by Anonymous
I bought this as a tool for freshmen College students and while nothing will hold their attention for the full class, this does break things down.Published on January 12, 2009 by Stephen J. Crescenzi
This is a well-researched but very down-to-earth documentary that should be informative and enjoyable for people across the political spectrum. Read morePublished on December 17, 2008 by Amazon Customer