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The Men Who Built America [DVD]

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B9ZR9O0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,118 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

From obscurity to extraordinary the ruthless story behind America's business giants.

The United States of America wasn't discovered, it was built.

Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Astor, Ford and Morgan these are the men who built it, and their names became synonymous with the American dream. At the height of the Industrial Age, these men constructed a bold vision for a modern nation and transformed the greatest industries of our time: oil, rail, steel, shipping, automobiles, and finance.

Rising from poverty, their paths crossed repeatedly as they elected Presidents, set economic policies and influenced every major event of their day - from the Civil War to The Great Depression.

This is the story of a nation at a crossroads and of the people who catapulted it to prosperity.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Massively interesting series 10 May 2013
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The names of these five men will live on in history. As much as I have heard of all of them, I had no idea how inter-twined their lives and successes were and how much of a role they had to play in shaping the political and industrial landscape.

Vanderbilt created a shipping & railroad empire; Rockefeller created a Kerosene empire; Carnegie (who used to work with a rival of Vanderbilt) created a steel empire; JP Morgan created a financial empire by teaming up with Edison(!) and consolidating rail, electricity and steel. All three conspired to get McKinley elected as President (which they did) and keep Roosevelt in the background until the untimely death of McKinley (assassinated!) promoted Roosevelt to President! Great stuff! I'm sure similar shenanigans are going on today.

This is like a business 101 course. I've got Carnegie's autobiography which is hugely interesting too.

Any would be entrepreneur would do well to watch this to gain inspiration and fuel the fire of desire for success.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This History Channel documentary deals with the key individuals who single-handedly built the key pillars of Industrial America - steel, railroads, oil, finance & ultimately the motor car.

Prior to their rise, America which was recovering from the devastating effects of Civil War, within 30 years of unbridled capitalism, was converted into a worldwide power house & incipient super power.

In spite of their reputations as the poster children of uncaring capitalism, the motto should read "honour to whom honour is due". Not to be held in thrall but rather as an acknowledgement of their achievements while recognizing their frailties. This quintet comprised Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Rockefeller, JP Morgan & Ford. Their signature trait was an intense focus

The former three each had a hardscrabble, hobbled upbringing but all shared the same traits of being larger-than-life individuals who all triumphed against the odds. Their driven personalities resulted in their defining opponents not as rivals but as enemies, enemies to be destroyed by whichever way possible; anything but murder.

This series catalogues their rise & the methods that they used to gain the ascendancy. Essentially each man developed a different industry often from scratch & often only against great odds did they succeed. Each in their own way could have failed spectacularly but each due to perseverance & some luck overcame the odds & succeeded.

Where the negative perceptions about them arose related to their future actions where they strove through fair means or foul to take over their competitors & become monopolies. In Carnegie's case, he went one further. In his desire to become the richest man in America, he knew that he had to reduce his labour cost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This series depicts in an absolutely brilliant way an important part of the economic history of America, a breathtaking master piece delivered in an extremely intelligent way. That sort of history should be taught at school, the mindset of these titans is exemplary, brilliance and ambition in its rawest form. A must-see documentary!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting piece of american history 27 Sep 2013
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I scored this series with the highest grade because of the way it shows a great and important piece of the revolution of the history. It educates ad intrigues you in a fun way. The series contains historical information, action and success. In addition, the series, shows how influential one single person can be, it is incredible. All in all create the men who built America is one of the best series i have seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for all students of history 25 Sep 2013
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A wonderful re-enactment of the emergence of these people. Some might think that they are financial despots but they were responsible for some of the discoveries the benefits of which we enjoy today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant dvd 4 Sep 2013
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After watching this series on tv I was so impressed with the making of it I was compelled to buy it, you can watch it time and again. Anyone interested in the men who shaped American history,through power,ruthlessness,and greed will be receiving a viewing treat that I have no problem highly recommending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 Aug 2013
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Excellent set of DVDs - really interesting stuff and beautifully presented. Gives a real insight into history of modern America
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This is a well made documentary with high production values. The main historical and political points are made very clear with excellent, though some may say over-simplified, personality characterisations. Comments from present day experts in the field are refreshing and clear. I look forward to purchasing the remainder of the series in easy stages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this DVD
Love this enjoyable education and quick's one of the few DVDs I want to watch time and time again and has made me interested in American History, they need... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Sandra Kay Farren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super interesting
Published 26 days ago by Thomas Bøtker Mortensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
bought as a present
Published 1 month ago by robert burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is so good!
The DVD set arrived really quickly and I haven't been able to put it down since. I feel far more cultured than I ever used to now that I know Rocafella isn't the name of a dodgey... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss Laura J Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars The Men Who Built America
I actually first saw this on TV and thought it was a fascinating and informative story. I decided to give my two sons-in-law a copy each for their birthday and I am sure they will... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars The men who built america.
good dvd very informative but kept repeating itself too much. the producers should realise that as a dvd you can watch it again and again. Read more
Published 6 months ago by mary cleary
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating history
I found this unmissable when it was first shown on the History channel and had to buy the DVD when it came out, I knew very little about American history before, and even less... Read more
Published 8 months ago by C.W.Griswold
1.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate beyond belief!
The show is well produced, with great sound, costume, and visual effects (for a documentary). It is very dramatic and keeps you on the edge, which makes it entertaining. Read more
Published 12 months ago by MFH
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