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Blu-Ray Review – America, The Story of US

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Like Mike
Like Mike

When people think of the United States of America their various opinions of the place are as varied as the people who live there, and whether you love or hate them, you have to admire what the USA has been able to achieve as a country over the last few hundred years. However, how much do non Americans really know about USA history as it’s not exactly a part of the non American’s school curriculum. Sure we see a lot of American TV and films that show us a small insight into their history, but can that really be held up to the scrutiny of accuracy? So, when I saw this History channel series come up on my review list I thought it could be a good chance to get a good dose of US history.

“A ten part mini-series presenting the history of how the United States was invented, looking at the moments where Americans harnessed technology to advance human progress - from the rigors of linking the continent by transcontinental railroad to triumphing over vertical space through the construction of steel-structured buildings. The series is also a story of conflict, with Native American peoples, slavery, the Revolutionary War that birthed the nation, the Civil War that divided it, and the great world war that shaped its future.”

Told with no expense spared, this was one of the most well put together shows I’ve seen in a long time. From the many well known people interviewed, to great computer animation sequences showing how the country was shaped, brilliantly filmed re-enactments and a good overview of its history, this all made for an entertaining series. Of course it was only a taste of the history of the US, as there’s a lot there to be told, and in some cases it felt like certain issues were only lightly dealt with.  However, it is only a 10 part series. Overall though, it was a great series and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in history or has even just a small interest in the US.

9 out of 10 from me.

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