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10 Things You Don't Know: Season 1 [DVD]

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From great figures come our most noteworthy inventions, from the telephone to the theory of general relativity. But no great leader is perfect. H2 digs into the scandals and family secrets you won't find in textbooks in the special 10 THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT. Observing the lives of renowned leaders, brilliant scientists and notorious criminals, viewers get an inside peek into their unknown pasts, from Ben Franklin's nefarious history to Albert Einstein's hidden family drama.

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DISC 1: Benjamin Franklin / Abraham Lincoln / John F. Kennedy / J. Edgar Hoover / The OK Corral / The Roosevelts / The Mormons

DISC 2: Pablo Escobar / George Patton / Caligula / Adolf Hitler / The Rat Pack / Bonus


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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 276 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083HXK86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,907 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I'm a history buff, but no scholar, so I sat down to watch these shows with a feeling of anticipation. Oh well...life is full of disappointments, I guess. By the way, I'm rating this "1" because they don't have an option for "zero."

What has happened to the History Channel? Once their stuff was worth watching. But I've read better comic book accounts than the stuff in this.

Let's see. 10 things you didn't know about Lincoln--he slept with men. Puh-leeze. Does nobody know that at most boarding houses in the 19th century and before, men slept in beds together? If they really wanted to say something most people don't know about Lincoln, why didn't they explain the rationale behind the overblown Emancipation Proclamation, which didn't free a single slave at the time it was written and was only put out to shut up the more rabid Republicans? What about Abraham Lincoln BEST UNKNOWN QUOTE, when he told Horace Greeley in an 1862 letter "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it"?

10 things you didn't know about JFK. He took drugs. Anybody with a devastating back injury takes prescription meds. It's not like he was dealing on the street, but to hear the stuff on this show you'd think he had pushers lined up at the White House.

10 things you didn't know about Patton--this one made me literally drop my jaw. WHAT? Patton's son-in-law, John K Waters, was NOT killed in the raid on Hammelburg; he died in 1989, a full 45 years after that raid. He also went on to become a 4-star general, or was this a ghost...? Oh, new series: 10 things you didn't know about how ghosts played a role in US history.

I could go on about how all the stuff in this series is either obvious (Hitler was Austrian? Oh my gosh!
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The piece on Benjamin Franklin was willfully inaccurate in places. I was present for some of the filming, as an advisor, and made certain things clear that were not being presented correctly. The producers said that the inaccurate information would be edited out, but they lied. This is just sensationalistic nonsense, for the most part. Don't waste your time.
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Yellow journalism? Try yellow history.

Of the Ben Franklin show, at least every 3 minutes I found myself saying, "That's not accurate." (I'm a bit of a Ben buff.) It's not that I am in denial about certain things he said but they were either distortions for sensationalism's sake or they were outright lies.

Truth is so much more fascinating than fiction. Why bother making stuff up or twisting it when facts, if told well, will beat out fiction any day?
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The premise was intriguing, with an interesting list of subjects to draw a prospecgive viewer into the sale. However, the details are minimally researched, shallow to say the least. Anyone who knows the subject areas is "turned off" immediately. If possible, no stars would be given.
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Get rid of the top ten and just create a story around things you might not know about... And please get rid of the interviews on the street. I don't care what Joe tourist in Las Vegas thinks. It is just cheap (and boring) filler. Shows like American Experience, Ken Burns create stories around people events. This show just throws it at you after asking a moron on the street what he thinks and it is the same guy they asked the previous week.
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The story of the Mormons is clearly bias. The individual actions of people that are of the mormon faith are their own actions, Not that of the church (like perry the banker who loaned money in Las Vegas). Further Brigham Young and the Utah territory were Not pro slavery, historical records prove this. Lincon wrote Brigham Young to ask were the Mormons stood, to which Young replied with the Union. The story of the mormons is full of half truths.
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Does the History Channel exercise any sort of editorial review before airing this guy's show? I have lost all respect for this network.
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Interesting, if a bit of hubris in the title. I know it is tough to come up with unknown things about famous people, but sometimes they really stretch it. For example, anyone who had read Franklin's autobiography would know most of the things in the program listed as unknown. Lincoln is maybe a little better, but the tap dancing around who he slept with and what they did together is in questionable taste.
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