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“All the President's Men”

Feb 22, 2010 at 4:16pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

All the President's Men
When Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward set out to investigate the Watergate burglary, they had not a clue what they were about to uncover. In Alan J. Pakula’s film, he and writer William Goldman adapted the reporters’ groundbreaking book of their remarkable journey, which began with a few phone calls and simple questions, and culminated with the resignation of the President of the United States.


Feb 22, 2010 at 4:11pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

It seemed unlikely that a polarizing figure like George S. Patton could find an audience on both sides of the political spectrum with a film documenting his combat leadership in World War II. Yet that’s precisely what Franklin J. Schaffner’s epic did—and at the height of the Vietnam War at that.


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  • Bertrojo
    06/23/2017 at 5:34pm


    About four years ago i bought a book on Lincoln at a flea market. I noticed that in the book was a card. Taking out the card it has the signature of JAG Holt. I have this card but have learned that his signature was forged on his will. So I really don't know if it is authentic. But it certainly is exciting to have it.
    Can someone help me. email
    Love all history and living in Fredericksburg and across from Slaughter Pen keeps it alive.

    from The Private Life of Mary Surratt
  • adamvoges
    04/28/2017 at 11:51am


    Is it right to show mercy just because of someone's gender and age? The law should be same for everyone.A guilty should be punished well, so as do Mary Surratt.

    from Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
  • TigerDad
    02/03/2016 at 4:55pm


    Has anyone read Mike Whetstone's book MADNESS IN MOGADISHU? (Stackpole)
    Would be interesting to learn what others think about the rescue efforts of the 10th Mountain Division troops and how they prepared for such an eventuality. Such efforts could be the basis for a sequel.

    from Black Hawk Down
  • Palette
    11/28/2015 at 4:32pm


    I would just like to point out that the image of Mary Surratt in the slideshow on this site has been heavily retouched to the point of changing the structure of her face, especially her nose. It is a dishonest image of Mary. The result of these alterations make her appearance more feminine, softer and more refined than she actually looked. There are two photographs of Mary Surratt. This altered version has been derived from the picture of a younger Mary. At the time of her involvement in the conspiracy she looked more like the photo of her when she was clearly older and heavier.

    from The Private Life of Mary Surratt
  • AZIronwood
    08/31/2015 at 4:03am


    No question Black Hawk Down is a riveting movie and portrays the Ranger/Delta perspectives of that historical event. But what about the efforts of the 10th Mountain Division QRF that faced the insurmountable odds of rescuing the downed unit? Little is told of their courageous actions or the leadership involved during those maddening hours of combat. To get an appreciation for who those rescuers were (and are) and how they trained to prepare for such an eventuality, viewers and readers of Black Hawk Down owe it to themselves to read Mike Whetstone's newly released book "Madness in Mogadishu." It might help to explain the Somalia experience beyond that associated with the award-winning movie. AZIronwood

    from Black Hawk Down
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