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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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  • 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
  • borderlne
    11/19/2014 at 2:51pm


    Judging from the things I see today, governments, even our own, can do anything they want. I have never been privy to Mary Surratt's mind and as such have no idea of her guilt or innocence. I do think the movie was well made.

    from Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
  • Annieirene
    10/13/2014 at 2:40am


    I was at Cuttington College in Liberia, West Africa, where my father was a visiting professor for a year. I was 8 years old. My brothers and I and some other kids were coming back on a van from children's activities at a nearby Lutheran run mission and saw a group of the Liberian college students gathered by the gates to the college around a battery-powered radio. It was night and very dark except for flashlights or something they held. We stopped to ask them what was going on, and they told us President Kennedy had been shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. They were shocked and upset. We drove on to our house where my parents had also heard the news. We had all campaigned for JFK (to the extent kids can, we had helped), so it was particularly sad for us, but other people in that community were distraught as well. People from Haiti, Germany, Canada, Liberia, England, as well as Americans, both black and white.

    from Where Were YOU When Kennedy Was Shot?
  • Kressel
    07/17/2014 at 9:59am


    Not quite an American hero, but this sounded interesting:

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • Kressel
    12/30/2013 at 4:22pm


    Sarah Vowell's ASSASSINATION VACATION taught me all about the assassinations of Lincoln, McKinley, and Garfield. I followed up on the Lincoln assassination with MANHUNT by James Swanson, which is really about the chase for John Wilkes Booth. Together, both books are good preparation for "The Conspirator," but though "Parkland" does not advocate any conspiracy theories, the John Wilkes Booth conspiracy is what convinced me that a conspiracy was behind JFK, too. On the other hand, the McKinley and Garfield assassinations were both perpetrated by lone wolves, so I suppose it is possible.

    from Presidents in Peril
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