Cold War: The Complete Series
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CNN's landmark Peabody and Television Critics Association Award-winning series examines nearly five decades of history and is the crystallization of a massive three-year effort spearheaded executive producer Jeremy Isaacs (The World at War). Its production team shot more than 1,000 hours of original footage and screened 1,500 hours of archival film material, including historically important -- and often emotionally stunning -- images, many not seen before by an international audience. The crew traveled to 31 countries and conducted more than 500 interviews, many with key players of the time who rarely go before the cameras. Conceived by CNN founder Ted Turner, this extraordinary 24-episode chronicle has emerged as the definitive audiovisual record of this tumultuous era of world history.]]>
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Personally I can attest that the vignettes on Chile and Angola are 'spot on.' The episodes on the Hungarian uprising and the subsequent disinterment of executed premier Imry Nagy still bring tears to my eyes. The interviews with Beria's son, who was responsible for bugging FDR's residence at Yalta and providing the transcripts to Stalin every morning, underscored that Stalin never played by the rules of Queensbury.
Over all, I found the series even-balanced and broad ranging. Howver, I did feel that the portrayal of McCarthyism and the Rosenbergs was not evenly balanced with the murder and gulags that were commonplace in the Soviet Union. In part, perhaps, this was because virtually no graphic film was available on these Soviet shenanigans.
I have watched the entire series perhaps ten times and discover (or re-discover) surprising aspects of the Cold War on each viewing. For someone who lived throughout this period, and, especially, for teachers and students for whom the Cold War is as inexplicable as was World War I was to me, this is a must see. I also strongly recommend the companion COLD WAR book, which covers the same material in a less vivid manner. I strongly advise that you see the video---and then see it again. This is the most comprehensive, important history documentary series that I have ever experienced (I was Founding Editor of Film & History's Guide to Documentary Films).
Sufficient container with six (6) DVD's containing 24 episodes
Online access to "Fixster" so one could view series via a "cloud" on iPad, iPhone, laptop (it works).
I viewed the first episode and the last to view them and they seem to be mirror images of the original VHS series.
I also checked out the episodes in question (Soldiers of God) and everything was there. I did not notice any editing from the original series.
Conclusion. If you teach world Civ & the Cold War get this series. Far cheaper than the original VHS series. The content works well for California social
science grade 10 world civilization standards. I have created questions for each of the episodes for use in the classroom and is far more thorough than
what the Pearson text(my district uses) offers. Get it. If nothing else it is a tax write-off. Get it before someone pulls it from Amazon.
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This is a great series for educators teaching modern American or World History. Perfect for my 8th graders.Published 2 months ago by N. Merrill
An excellent documentary series on the Cold War, from pre-World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union. There are a couple dozen episodes on 6 DVDs and they're all good. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thomas C. Fletcher
Well worth the time and the money. Give honest footage and understanding of the cold war for beginning to end. I cried when I saw the ending and the people who survived to see it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. Keene
This film by the BBC brought has back a lot of memories to me. So while I beg to differ with some of the comments by some of the speakers. Like Gen. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David D. Lawson
An outstanding series--really eye-opening and also a series that will leave one ashamed, cynical and feeling disillusioned--no truth exists in politics. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dylan Weston
Best series ever on the Cold War. The bit about Ronald Reagan actually removing a class of nuclear weapons was amazing fact not well knownPublished 9 months ago by David
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