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The History Channel Presents Washington the Warrior
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Rightly so. In fact, so much of what we are today we owe to him. He set the stage for so much that followed.
This fine documentary traces the education & evolution of Washington that he obtained from his many years in the military. That career started before the French-Indian Wars. His first experienced success in pre-war diplomatic missions into the Ohio territories claimed by both the French & the British. I got the impression that he was at least, in part responsible for those hostilities commencing in the first place. He suffered embarassing losses to the French in his first command in the 1750's & some sucesses as an aide to British General Edward Braddock. General Braddock was killed in battle leaving Washington again in command of troops. This was essential to his growth as a leader. He was very brave, somtimes foolishly so. He was a colonial officer & all he wanted to be was an officer in the regular British army with his own command. But that was not going to happened. He was formally polite, reserved & self taught to behave as the gentry of the day acted. But he was loved by his men, most of them of low birth & farmers. He could inspire men to great things. If he did not win the revolution, it is important to realize that he did not lose it.
He was also the template for other generals who followed his example into the presidency. Two generals, Grant & Eisenhower were more sucessful as generals than they later were as president. Few men in history have been able to resist absolute power when it was available to them. Washington didn't even have to fight for it. To be king was there for him if he so desired. He truly loved liberty & justice over power.Read more ›
Very informative and energetic, can help attract even greater attention to one of the great people in American History.
The show covers Washington's career from his early 20s until his final victory in the Revolutionary war. It's fascinating to see how he learned from his early mistakes, eventually developing the skill and judgement that would stand him above his peers. As someone once said, judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement. He did this by losing almost every battle he ever fought. But he never lost big enough so that he didn't preserve enough resources to continue to fight on. it's basically no different from how guerrilla warfare has worked in the 20th century against more well equipped western nations.
Overall this is a very informative and enjoyable episode, and at two hours long, twice the usual length, which is enough time to get into details the other one hour shows don't. They interview some top writers and historians, including Joseph Ellis, author of a brief but very fine bio on Washington entitled His Excellency, George Washington. He's head of the history dept. at some first-rate mid-west college, can't recall where, but anyway, he's a respected scholar. As someone new to this area of history (except for what I had to learn in school like everyone else) I found this to be a painless and enjoyable way to learn more.
By the way, the show was filmed in Lithuania and a Lithuanian production company produced it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just watched this on the History Channel. It's must viewing, a remarkable, inspiring, documentary on George Washington the Warrior who lead from the FRONT, whose Army came to... Read morePublished 16 months ago by GLM
Excellent history with much information I did not know of Washington's early years. Would be good for a highschool classroom.Published 17 months ago by John M. Wells
Excellent movie. I taught American history and used it in my classroom. The students really liked it because it is so informative.Published on May 8, 2014 by Mary Jo Marzec
This was a wonderful Video, which covered the early life of George Washington. Very enlightening and educational. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Conley E. Broome
If your like me and like early history you will love this DVD. I was surprised to see this more like a movie then a documentary it was refreshing to see this in High Def color,... Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by keith
Very interesting and factual. Wonderful depiction of Washington. My husband is a history buff and he found this video to be accurate, while still interesting to those in the... Read morePublished on November 14, 2012 by Linda M. Claggett