The Men Who Built America

The Men Who Built America

DVD - 2013
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Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carmegie, Morgan, Ford, the Men Who Built America. Meet the titans who forged the foundation of modern America and created the American Dream. The mini-series shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States. a nation decaying from the inside after the Civil War, into the greatest economic and technological superpower the world had ever seen.
Publisher: [New York?] : History ; Santa Monica, Calif. : Distributed by Lionsgate, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD 920.073 MEN
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (approx. 360 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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donnashome
Jan 05, 2016

Loved this DVD! Best one I have seen in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The history of each man and what drove them to become the men they became in history is fascinating.

Samsung Oct 14, 2015

Largely an acritical look at history; in many ways more fiction than what we could consider real history to today's standards, but entertaining, and thought provoking in ways the producers did not intend. A good companion piece might be the series "Slavery and the Making of America"

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BrendaMills
Sep 11, 2015

Absolutely fabulous! Must watch for everyone for endless reasons. Loved it!!!

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catslib
Aug 04, 2015

Very interesting; learned a lot about the five men profiled. At the end they give some surprising statistics (Vanderbilt was worth 660 billion in today's dollars!)Although not on the same level as a Ken Burns documentary it was pretty good. I felt sorry for the actors since they had few lines but spent most of the time walking purposefully in slow motion, or, in JP Morgan's case, looking determinedly out his mansion's office window. The theme music was a complete mismatch; reminded me of "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood!

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mmjames58
Jul 10, 2015

This film is a typical work of propaganda which i hope, dearly, americans and particularly young americans are beginning to see though. These men were all involved with the set up and legislation of a vast criminal enterprise called Federal Reserve.( which is neither a federal institution nor does it hold any reserves. Read " The Creature from Jekyll sland" If you are at all interested in the facts that propaganda pieces, like "The Men who Built America" are confident you will ignore. It is uncomfortable to take off the blinders and realize all that has been slip past our attention while we contently reaffirm our belief in fairy tales.

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O2bCarrots
Jun 29, 2015

Questionable accuracy on minor details (at least in conflict with Wikipedia): 1- has Tesla parting from Edison over which form of electricity to pursue as opposed to parting over whether Edison offered Tesla financial reward for improving a machine and didn't fully follow through; 2- has Frick shot only once and then overcoming his assailant solo as opposed to shot twice before Leischman grabbed the assailant's arm preventing a third shot.

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Keogh
Jan 16, 2014

Better than I would have expected, given that this is a relatively recent release from History Television, which has largely abandoned its mandate for endless amounts of reality shows about pawn brokers, conspiracy crap about aliens, and other dubious programming. This examines the complicated economic and social history of the titans of American industry, focusing on five big names but also bringing up many others along the line. The use of re-enactors is an interesting idea, exploring the history of the five men and their personality traits. There's plenty of commentary from historians and contemporary business entrepeneurs along the way. There's a good deal of repetition- since this was originally aired on television- with recaps. The other glaring problem, which could have been easily removed or not even included at all: the commentary of one of the more obnoxious, vindictive, arrogan, and repugnant human beings on the planet today: Donald Trump.

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duane767
Sep 08, 2013

I felt it was a good dramatization mixed in with some insight from business people and entrepreneurs of the current age. It's at least an interesting starting point of research on the lives of the men involved.

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StarGladiator
Sep 06, 2013

Neglects to mention results of the 1940s' congressional investigation into Rockefeller's supplying the Nazis' Third Reich with oil during World War II (through Spain and Switzerland), or Carnegie's accumulation of wealth due to his death merchant status during the Civil War, along with Morgan's financing of Mussolini's invasion of Libya during WWII, and a host of other treasonous crimes and crimes against humanity by this bunch. Historically inaccurate, and crediting them with the achievements of many others!

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swyckl
Aug 02, 2013

This historical reenactment/documentary was well done. Good presentation. Detailed. Organized. Very enjoyable. Knowledgeable

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