The History Channel Presents The Presidents
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(May 31, 2005)
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Top Customer Reviews
Of course, the programs are not as in-depth as some of the more serious history buffs might have hoped for, but they were great for providing not only a general overview of each President's administration, but also for giving you a sense of the feel of the times in which each President lived; plus there was plenty of misc. trivia along the way - "useless information", as I like to call it - and I loved that, as well, because it's just interesting stuff that you would never hear in a history class.
My fiancee and I intend to buy this program and show it to our kids one day, because it seemed very much to us like something that would be good for them, and we plan to put a lot of work into their education.
In short, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND this series.
other than that, it is an absolute wealth of information. I have so much more respect for the presidents now. it seems that just about every one of them - even the 'bad' ones - really tried to make this country better. so many institutions and organizations were made from these presidents, and I didn't even know that until I saw this.
No great historical depth is promised or delivered here. The intended audience is clearly the general viewer, many of whom will have forgotten some of the more obscure presidents. The narration is short, punchy, and tone-neutral. For presidents who served before the era of widely-available television, video dating as far back as the terms of William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, turns these men from statues into real, breathing, moving human beings in context.
This DVD series is highly recommended as an introduction to the history of our presidents, suitable for a wide variety of interested viewers.
This production can tell you who the first re-elected Democrat was since Andrew Jackson, who was the first president from West Point, who was the first born west of the Mississippi, who were grandfather and grandson presidents, who was the only Ph.D. or ordained preacher, where the candy bar, "Baby Ruth" came from, and which Republican president challenged the captains of industry and won. One of my favorites was an actress who sat beside President Calvin Coolidge at a dinner. She turned to him and said, "I bet I can make you say more than two words during dinner." "You lose," he replied.
The series provides an endless stream of information about each of them. A scroll announces each president by habit, personality and temperment, home state, and age upon taking office. Narrator Edward Herman continues telling something about each one. It ends with George W. Bush. The series was circulated in 2004.
I've had this for many months now, but yesterday was one of those lazy, rainy, nothing-to-do days that was perfect for watching "The Presidents." I recommend it for one of yours.
There is going to be a sequel: The History Channel Presents the Vice Presidents.
Not only do the images flash across the screen so quickly that you cannot absorb them and they give you a headache, but it is done in a repetitive and even misleading manner. In a series about all the american presidents you'd expect to see a few shots of the white house. However, the same shot of the white house is used over and over and over, and when you get tired of that, they shoot it from a different angle and show that over and over and over. It's very distracting to watch. It's almost like they couldn't think of anything for an image half the time, so they went to that tired old shot of the white house, over and over again. I think if they put some time into it they could have found hundreds of paintings, photographs, newspaper articles, statues, locations and objects to shoot video of. Heck, even more shots of the inside of the white house would have mixed it up some.
Worse than that is the inherent misleading nature of presenting modern video (with cars!) of the white house, capitol or Washington, D.C. while you are talking about events 200 years ago. The entire city of Washington looked very different than it does today and 80% of the presented video is not accurate to the time period it is talking about. They constantly zoom in on the capitol dome when the dome was not finished until 1863, and constantly show the wrong facade of the white house for the period. At one point they talk about John Adams creating the U.S. Navy while they show a jet landing on an aircraft carrier and a submarine surface (but no shots of any ships of the period).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hi, Guy Gosselin here. I had considered a 5 rating of my review of the history channel, now you have changed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by g gosselin
This was originally a gift for my dad, but I wound up watching it with him, 4 times so far. I learned a bunch of interesting facts that weren't taught to me in school. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sinnamon
Great 10 minute clips and highlights of presidents. Works well for an overview, recap, or just another way to present information to students.Published 5 months ago by Roberta
My high school students love this series. I show them the president or presidents that are in the specific time period we are currently studying. Also good for pre-exam reviews.Published 6 months ago by Richard Watson
How this book got in here ill never know. I want to write a review about the loud background music in the history channel background. Read morePublished 8 months ago by charlenetaber
Great miniseries. Full of great facts. If you like learning about all the presidents then this one documentary miniseries you should watch along with a newer one the History... Read morePublished 8 months ago by DFMhistory