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James M. McPherson

Professor of History Emeritus, Princeton University

Professor James McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History Ameritus at Princeton University. He is also a member of the editorial board of Encyclopaedia Britannica. He won the Pulitzer Prize for "Battle Cry of Freedom" and his most recent book "Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as... More

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“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”

Feb 22, 2010 at 4:54pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The year was 1969, an age of rebellion—when villains could be heroes, and do-gooders were rejected by a progressive generation with a thirst for freedom. It was the year of EASY RIDER, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, and the classic buddy western, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.
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“Frost/Nixon”

Feb 22, 2010 at 4:49pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Frost/Nixon
Ron Howard is no stranger to American history. Having found great success with APOLLO 13 and A BEAUTIFUL MIND, 2005's CINDERELLA MAN disappointed in its profits. So Howard went smaller. He looked to the stage and Peter Morgan's critically acclaimed play "Frost/Nixon."
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“Seabiscuit”

Feb 22, 2010 at 4:32pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Seabiscuit
Laura Hillenbrand probably never anticipated her non-fiction horseracing book would become a Best Picture nominee, grossing more than $120 million at the box office. Gary Ross set out to make a period film that would hopefully capture the hearts of movie audiences, just as his equine subject did sixty-five years earlier.
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