The War

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The War

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Learn about World War II through the memories and personal accounts of American men and women who experienced it firsthand in this seven-part series. This Ken Burns-produced series features dramatic historical footage and photographs of battle scenes.
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  • Burns stimulated me to wonder about Chineese Americans. Latino, Black, and Indian discrimination and great contributions to WWII are documented.

    8.3
    Interesting slant on a familiar topic. Burns stimulated me to wonder about Chineese Americans. Latino, Black, and Indian discrimination and great contributions to WWII are documented. Chineese Americans I am sure served and experienced discrimination sometimes due to confusing them with Japanese and in general because Chineese were the last to get civil rights to vote and own property (1949-51 depending on source reporting or rights attained). What are the stories of Chineese American families and war service men and women? I think such a focus would greatly add to our knowledge of an often overlooked group. I am not Chineese and have no Chineese family or currently friends other than a great TV/Computer service man.



    The tradgedy of human life snuffed out was more graphically portrayed than in many documentaries or movies I have seen. Burns' focus on graphic panoramic death fields and closeups of those military who died resonate with the same overwhelming sad feelings Schindler's List engendered. Burns' focus on the interplay between USA civilian life and soldiers who did and did not return brings a more complex and emotionally involving view to WWII history.



    This story is focused on soldiers from four USA towns, yet Burns' does mention the higher death tole of civilians in combat zones. The stories of civilians caught in countries overrun by war would also be of interest to me. I know one French senior female who fled to the Netherlands ahead of the Nazi war machine only to be tossed out of their home for the remaining four years of war to live on the streets. Another story perhaps for Mr. Burns or others to pursue?



    Each episode is about an hour longer than I can endure due to the graphic (trauma of war images that lead to PTSD for many soldiers) content. Images of this nature do portray the hell of war and leave a disturbing wake for viewers to encourage sober consideration for any war.moreless
  • HBO'S FAVORITE GETS FOUR NOMINATIONS, INCLUDING PROGRAM OF THE YEAR; OTHERS UP FOR TOP HONORS INCLUDE LOST, MAD MEN.

    Wire dangles over TCA Award nominations

  • SOMETIMES BEING COMMERCIAL-FREE IS THE WAY TO BE. AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO DO THAT THAN WITH SOME NEW DVDS? TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE GREAT SHOWS RELASED ON DVD, SUCH AS ENTOURAGE AND JERICHO. HAVE A FEW LAUGHS WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS AND CREW WITH SEASON TWO OF HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, OR WATCH JAMES WOODS IN THE SEASON ONE CRIME DRAMA SHARK.

    October 2, 2007 DVD Releases

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    • Normandy, France

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    • First Episode
      I just watched the first episode of The War. It's incredible the evil that is in this world. The brutality was horrendous. I learn...
      09/25/07
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