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The War - A Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
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Burns did exactly what he said he was going to do: tell the American experience of World War Two from the point of view of everyday, average American citizens.
I'm sure that Burns and co-producer Lynn Novick would be the first to agree that viewers looking for more "big picture" information (about political alliances, military strategy, technological development, the war's global impact) would do well to supplement this series with other sources of information. Burns isn't telling those stories, and the omissions are on purpose. This film looks at the war from a different angle, adding a new layer of social history to the big stories that have already been told. I think people should judge this work on the merits of the goals that Burns set out for himself, and not simply project their own personal historical and political wishlists onto it. (Axton)
Ken Burns has done an outstanding job with this new series. He tells the history of the war in it its many theaters, but more importantly, he tells the history from the average person's viewpoint. This is what makes the series sometimes hard to watch because it makes the horrors of war all too real. Hearing a private fighting in the Phillipines realize that his life is "expendable", hearing a d-day veteran who lost his brother in the same campaign say that he would have rather returned without his arms and legs than without his brother, seeing the massive toll of lives in lesser known (at least to my generation) operations such as market garden brings the history of this war into our hearts and minds. I've learned about America's isolationist policy before entering the war as well as much more detail about the war. It was a horrible war and my heart aches for all of the lives lost. I hope this scope of war is never again fought on our planet. This is why I'm purchasing this series - for my children to watch and learn from when they are old enough. This is history that should not be forgotten. Thank you Ken Burns.
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I watched this during my Amazon Prime free trial period. I have to admit I kept falling asleep while watching the first two episodes. Read morePublished 2 days ago by JPX925
Excellent Series! Watched with my Dad who served in North Africa,Sicily and Italy during the war.Published 3 days ago by John Fowler
An absolutely amazing documentary for even the most casual student of history.Published 4 days ago by Steven S.
Enjoyed the personal perspective from people who experienced the impact of the war.Published 5 days ago by Sue
Absolutely superb storytelling, moviemaking, history recording, everything. I cannot say that five stars is enough to rate this masterpiece, and I am hoping that my children will... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Sharehouse3
Excellent reporting of events as I remember
Them , as a 10 year old news paper boy