The Men Who Built America [3 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 7147082
  • Release Date: 01/22/2013
  • Rating: NR
From Cornelius Vanderbilt to Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and J.P. Rockefeller, a series of industrial titans emerged in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, who almost single-handedly laid the foundations for the America that we now know and love. This ambitious documentary from cable's History Channel profiles a number of the said men. Episodes include: Oil Strike, Blood is Spilled, A New Rival Emerges, Owning it All, Taking the White House, A New War Begins, The New Machine and A Rivalry is Born, plus a number of bonus segments unaired on American television.
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (27 out of 28)

Synopsis


The Men Who Built America: A Rivalry is Born
The Men Who Built America: Oil Strike
The Men Who Built America: A New War Begins
The Men Who Built America: Blood is Spilled
The Men Who Built America: The New Machine
The Men Who Built America: Owning it All
The Men Who Built America: Taking the White House
The Men Who Built America: A New Rival Emerges


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97%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lessons about American industry & capitalism

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    Cougar25
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    An interesting irony runs throughout this compilation of stories about the "captains" of industry and finance in late 19th & early 20th century America. While inventing and producing incredibly beneficial technologies, products and services that transformed our country from an agrarian to a "modern" capitalist economy, the men featured in this series ruthlessly employed tactics worthy of a medieval ruler to strangle and eliminate their competition (and in some cases, each other). This provides fascinating viewing for anyone not familiar with the era of the "robber barons". These "docu-dramas" were originally broadcast on cable TV with commercial interruptions. Because of this, they frequently " flashback" to previously shown segments to bring the audience "back up to speed" after those breaks. This can prove quite annoying and is the reason for my giving the set only 4 stars. Still, It was great overall and quite a bargain at only $10,

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Private Enterprise, Massive Scale

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    Rebel
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    Fact can be stranger than fiction, and much more impressive as well. Rags-to-riches versus old money; ultimate risk takers; ruthless takeovers; innovators; inventors; clash of classes; political scheming. Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Morgan, Rockefeller, T. Roosevelt, Edison, Tesla, Ford, more. This is an eye-opening, interesting history lesson that is realistic, well acted and filmed, worthy to be watched many times.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very interesting history

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    Love2Learn
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    Captivating presentations of some of the most magnificent men who helped shaped our nation with their imagination, ideas and grit. Each story reveals insights into the men and the drive that not only sealed their place in history, but forever changed its course and brought the world along for the ride.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Men Who Built America

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    billzar
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    This story concentrates on the building of America into the Industrial Age and how money men built powerful corporations that treated workers poorly and in some cases had Union organizers killed!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent TV mini-series

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    Roadswitcher
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    The Men Who Built America DVD includes all eight episodes plus bonus footage that amounts to roughly another eight segments. We watched one of the later episodes of this series when it originally aired and were very impressed with the way the episode progressed.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie. True story

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    happy
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    The born of United States, very interesting. The roots of the capitalism. We are still leaving and it is getting stronger. The current president makes some comments during the movie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My wife loved it

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    Mechman4800
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    I bought this for my wife who has the book. She watched it skeptically at first but admitted it was a good companion to the book. She would highly recommend.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great piece of history sumed up in three discs

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    Ch423m3
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    One of the best documentaries I've seen. it explains a lot of the challenges people like Rockefeller and Carengie. And the interviews with Americas current one percent were priceless

    I would recommend this to a friend


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