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The World Without US - With Niall Ferguson (2008)

James Lilley , Niall Ferguson , Mitch Anderson  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Lilley, Niall Ferguson
  • Directors: Mitch Anderson
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deep Waters Productions LLC
  • DVD Release Date: January 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z961UO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,444 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I rented this having no idea what to expect. Was this going to be a right wing political piece about how awesome America is and how much it means that we bring peace and democracy to the world? Or would it be a left wing political piece about how fantastic the entire human race could be if only America would stop meddling in everyone else's business? What I got was a documentary from a Romanian born American director that can perhaps best be described as "a quick overview of the state of the world today, and a quick history lesson in how things have been going for the last 20 years or so, followed by a few things that seem very likely to occur if America decided to pull all of its military bases out of foreign countries and stop mucking about in foreign parts". We get quite a lot of commentary from quite a variety of sources from around the globe at a variety of levels. The director has done his homework and he certainly gives you something to think about. I have quite a lot of strong feelings on the subject, but I'll leave it at this: Whatever your opinions on the matter, watch this show. It doesn't show you anything you probably don't know about, it doesn't tell you anything you probably haven't already heard, but it reminds you of a lot of things you have quite possibly forgotten about or ignored -- things which should not be forgotten or ignored. Americans in particular need to watch this film, but there's plenty of food for thought for the rest of the world as well. Give this film at least 20 minutes and it will lock you in for the rest of the time, regardless of your initial feelings on the subject. Permalink | Was this review helpful to you? YesNo (Report this) The World Without US The World Without US B001BSJJ1Q Deep Waters Productions LLC The World Without US Amazon Video On Demand Recommended for Everyone, from Every Country I rented this having no idea what to expect. Was this going to be a right wing political piece about how awesome America is and how much it means that we bring peace and democracy to the world? Or would it be a left wing political piece about how fantastic the entire human race could be if only America would stop meddling in everyone else's business? What I got was a documentary from a Romanian born American director that can perhaps best be described as "a quick overview of the state of the world today, and a quick history lesson in how things have been going for the last 20 years or so, followed by a few things that seem very likely to occur if America decided to pull all of its military bases out of foreign countries and stop mucking about in foreign parts". We get quite a lot of commentary from quite a variety of sources from around the globe at a variety of levels. The director has done his homework and he certainly gives you something to think about. I have quite a lot of strong feelings on the subject, but I'll leave it at this: Whatever your opinions on the matter, watch this show. It doesn't show you anything you probably don't know about, it doesn't tell you anything you probably haven't already heard, but it reminds you of a lot of things you have quite possibly forgotten about or ignored -- things which should not be forgotten or ignored. Americans in particular need to watch this film, but there's plenty of food for thought for the rest of the world as well. Give this film at least 20 minutes and it will lock you in for the rest of the time, regardless of your initial feelings on the subject. --Amazon Unbox

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The World Without US debates the implications and consequences of US military involvement in the world today. From an isolationist nation at the end of World War One, the US today has bases in over ninety countries. No other nation has been able to project military power as the US does today. But is such an involvement sustainable? Despite its might, the US is shrinking in terms of population and economic power in relation to the rest of the world. The film begins with a dramatic futuristic scenario. A fictitious presidential candidate is proposing the complete withdrawal of all US troops from around the world. This triggers a journalistic investigation that spans three continents in search of what would happen?

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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I was interested in watching this documentary, but it was even more thought-provoking than I expected. It starts off with a fictional "Turner for President" ad in which a candidate Turner promises to withdraw most of our troops from the world and focus solely on domestic issues. This seems simple at first, but then the film dives into why this is such a complicated topic -- what if the US really DID do that? What would the affect on the world really be?

The producer and narrator, Mitch Anderson, goes on a journey around the world seeking answers, but first telling his own story of coming to America after escaping Soviet oppression. He had grown up hearing about "Mr. Truman and Mr. Eisenhower," and how his family hoped they would return to free Eastern Europe from Soviet oppression -- but they never did. Mitch takes his journey, thoughts, and themes seriously and yet with care and conviction. There is input from everyone from former US Ambassadors to Bosnian citizens to a North Korean escapee, and many more. The cheif anchor of the documentary is Niall Ferguson, PhD (professor of history at Oxford University is just one of his credits), who adds thoughtful and well-spoken thoughts.

The documentary asks many tough questions, and it receives answers from people of many varying cultural backgrounds. The conclusions it draws are not always complete (because there are not always easy answers), but they usually make sense, even when they are surprising. I was reminded of some of the conflicting thoughts myself and some friends had after watching the excellent film "Hotel Rwanda." Some of my friends who are opposed to U.S. involvement in any international affairs had some conflicting thoughts as well.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagining A World Without U.S. December 17, 2007
Format:DVD
Mitch Anderson's "The World Without US" a documentary

This 90 minute presentation takes a hard look at what the world would be like if the United States were to dis-involve its military presence in world affairs and just keep to itself like the majority of peaceful nations around the globe. The answers presented may shock you.

While most "documentaries" these days are really nothing more than a filmmaker presenting carefully-chosen data to support their already-chosen positions, I really came away from this feeling as though I had just watched an extremely well-crafted and educational presentation that in fact, does try to stay objective which I found very refreshing and eye-opening.

This is not to say it does not draw some conclusions, and the conclusions it draws do tend to land in the realm of the politically conservative world viewpoint more often than not, which pretty much ensures this is one documentary that will see very little screen time in classrooms, which is an unfortunate shame because it does have a great deal of educational value to offer. Nonetheless, that should not stop the rest of us from gaining the value of what this film has to offer, and it indeed has a lot.

Our director, Mitch Anderson, who also narrates, starts out with his family's history surviving World War II, their plight after the war in a Russian internment camp and praying for the United States to come save them (which unfortunately never happened).
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The World Without US - "Why we fight?" December 17, 2007
Format:DVD
I was a bit apprehensive about this film since it seemed to be such "one of a kind" so I had a look at their website before ordering. The trailer I saw really got my interest, the premise seemed to be so interesting and so timely for our nation. It reminded me a lot of another film, called "Why we fight?" (very popular about 2 years ago) trying to answer the same question, what is the purpose of the US meddling in the entire world?

While "Why we fight" was a bit of a disappointment, this film really delivered on the promise. After the first twenty minutes you figure that the director is working an angle on the debate, but what I really liked is that he is building a really logical, coherent argument that I could follow from one end to another. And he surely supports it with footage from around the world.

I also liked the fact that it was more than an intellectual exercise. The film had some very touching personal stories that I didn't expect in a "geo-political" documentary. It made it one of those films that you still think about the second day after you saw it.
As a minus, I wish the film makers also investigated some other regions also, say, South America or Africa... but I guess there is only so much time...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The World Without Us January 21, 2008
By Daniel
Format:DVD
There are a lot of reasons for people to watch this documentary. First, it has a perspective not often seen in our country, namely, that the U.S. is basically a good place that tries to do good things in the world. It will definitely be a conversation starter. I recommend you watch it alone first and then watch it with people who don't hold the same political views as you do. I made the mistake of watching it with a devout Bush hater the first time and couldn't get all the way through the movie because we got into such a heated argument. While I'm no Bush apologist I don't think he is like Hitler.
One of the things I like about the film is that it was done by a naturalized citizen who is originally from Romania. He knows what it's like to live and suffer under a truly oppressive regime and therefore understands that the U.S. is nothing like that despite leftist rhetoric to the contrary. My favorite part of the film was the coverage of the Balkan War. I always felt we did too little too late but I had no idea how ineffectual and damaging the European involvement was. Another highlight is the interview with Castro's daughter and of course the polished dramatizations of the fictional presidential candidate who vows to remove U.S. troops from foreign countries. This is particularly poignant in the current election year with all the candidate posturing we're forced to witness. I wonder what this fictional candidate's opponent would say in response to his plan to close military bases worldwide.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars OEF VET
Great Documentary. I saw it about 2 years ago and am buying the dvd now. As a 23 year old OEF (Afghanistan) veteran I believed Iraq's complete troop withdrawal was a bad idea and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Craig Bost
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video
For those who think we should withdraw our military forces from around the world and keep them within our own borders, you should watch this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Desperado
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely brazen in its positions with a weird (intentional) sinister...
Much is implied in this argument for militarization and global policing by America. This is definitely NOT a diplomatic offering. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dwight
3.0 out of 5 stars Biased film, but it asks important questions.
First, the candidate of William Turner is very well done in this film. His positions are presented and the valid question is asked, "Should the USA be the world's policeman? Read more
Published 12 months ago by John Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently done.
I would like to preface this with a couple of points:

-I have been in a ground war, in the Army, with an actual rifle. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Slonda828
1.0 out of 5 stars An US Republican propaganda commericial
The title was interesting enough for me to watch this documentary as I thought I would see an objective docu what will happen to their world if the US will stop infuencing the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sebastian Lac
3.0 out of 5 stars Niel Ferguson for few minuts only
good reportage but not at all with the insights of Niel Ferguson (Ascent of Money, China turmoil..etc)
It is proposed while you buy Ferguson's DVD. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stephane E. Du Mortier
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking propaganda (as someone else described it)
As one other review stated, it doesn't tell you anything you don't already know, but it might make you remember some things you've forgotten, like Bosnia. Read more
Published 18 months ago by D. Simonton
5.0 out of 5 stars For those seeking an informed opinion
"The World Without US," is about the social, political, and economic issues surrounding the use of military force by United States. Read more
Published 19 months ago by E. Lightsey
1.0 out of 5 stars This is war propaganda at its finest...
I was initially curious when I saw the title and was hopeful this documentary would show ignorant people that the world would be better off without the U.S. interfering. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ryan Hupp
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