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Profiles Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor as the most prominent members of the most important family in our history. Through their stories, we will chronicle the history they helped to shape -- from the Square Deal to the New Deal, San Juan Hill to the Western Front to the founding of the United Nations. Buy this DVD and receive the free Roosevelt's logo tote bag.
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To Whom It May Concern:

Ken Burns has really outdone himself with this miniseries!!!!!!!

Thank you for the opportunity to view this series in its...Read complete review

To Whom It May Concern:

Ken Burns has really outdone himself with this miniseries!!!!!!!

Thank you for the opportunity to view this series in its entirety!

Sincerely,

Mary Lynn Porcaro

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An amazing job of thoroughly researched work that covers the many generations of all the Roosevelts. As one of the affluent, founding families of Dutch NYC in the 1600's, to the modernization...Read complete review

An amazing job of thoroughly researched work that covers the many generations of all the Roosevelts. As one of the affluent, founding families of Dutch NYC in the 1600's, to the modernization of America. Ironically, while politically informative and educating, it also brought to light the many, many flaws behind the personal lives of all the major players. Concentrating mostly on the era of Theodore Roosevelt to FDR, it was amazing to see the expansive growth of America starting at the beginning of the 20th century due to the bold governing of the Roosevelts. However, the tragedy and major imperfections of these people made for a sad, unhappy outcome in their personal lives. Sometimes the more you know, the darker the result. Insecurities, loveless marriages, tragic loss and the usual political infighting and dark side of America's history(racial inequality, women's rights, assassinations...)take the viewer down a path they can't help but be befuddled with. It also makes this very long documentary (over 14 hours)become a test of will. Where many documentaries inspire and touch, this intrigued, but saddened and sometimes frustrated. Also, while it emphasized and showed how great America can be with the aid of our Government thanks to the Roosevelts, we know in present day that the fights against socialism started in this era still blindly continue until this day. One cannot help but wonder if this documentary being sponsored by PBS, which also has the Koch Brothers on their board of directors, did not somehow influence the direction of this documentary. Downplaying the amazing feats of the New Deal, for the pathetic drama that was the Roosevelt family.

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5.0

Absolutely captivating

By John S. the history buff

from Hamilton Ontario Canada.

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Comments about PBS Ken Burns: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History DVD Plus Free Tote Bag:

As an amateur historian I was completely enthralled with every minute of each 2 hour segment and did not miss a minute of it. I was at the Chaurauqua Inst. in the summer and saw all the previews and listened to Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward speak of the making of it. I enjoyed their presentation so much I watched of it all and even went on a week-long jaunt to New York after to see the Roosevelt Mansion and Museum. A must-see for everyone who likes history in detail and so well-done as this.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ken Burns Is THE Master of Storytelling

By Jen Reads

from Minneapolis, MN

Comments about PBS Ken Burns: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History DVD Plus Free Tote Bag:

I truly couldn't wait to see how Ken Burns would tell the Roosevelts stories from week to week, I rarely have been so interested in a series. I was absolutely glued to the TV, and it was the talk of our workplace providing us with interesting and lively conversation each week. Absolutely brilliant!

(13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Worthy Concept Nicely Done

By Tom Parrett

from NYC

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Comments about PBS Ken Burns: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History DVD Plus Free Tote Bag:

I'm not a big Ken Burns fan, he's a popularizer of rather obvious broad subjects --the Civil War, jazz, baseball -- who found a public TV idiom that was affordable and came across as authoritative (thanks to his on-camera experts). Ultimately, though, he has produced glosses at about the 8th grade level. This series is an exception. He's examined a family whose elements seemingly had not much in common but nevertheless dominated American political life off and on for nearly had a century. And he doesn't shy away from the hard stuff. Bravo (and I don't mean that network).

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Most Outstanding Burns doc yet!

By Devoted to Fala

from Southwest Virginia

Comments about PBS Ken Burns: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History DVD Plus Free Tote Bag:

I never realized the implications of the love/hate attitudes of peoples' reaction to FDR. I was entranced by the documentary which explored all the extraordinary terrain for people who lived through the Roosevelt era historically, politically, geographically, and psychologically. Living in the South, I was mystified by the visceral reactions of people around me both for and against the clan Roosevelt. Burns enlightened my understanding in amazing ways and I better realize how FDR both offended and positively impacted the American public. Somehow, today's politics mirror both the ugliness and the progress of the machinations of politicians in general.

Thank God for this clan or we would be so much poorer without them.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
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EXCELLENT Film on the Roosevelt's Legacy

By Bettertown

from Sedona, AZ

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Comments about PBS Ken Burns: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History DVD Plus Free Tote Bag:

I believe this film may be the richest legacy work Ken Burns has created so far! When I recently watched the series on PBS, I was so grateful to learn about the outstanding contributions Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt each made to help shape (and secure) many of the blessings every American enjoys today. It is an inspiring, uplifting and informative series that helps demonstrate how significant and substantial their accomplishments were.

One of Eleanor's quotes I have always loved is: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams". However, I did not realize until I watched this film the extent to which the amazing opportunities all American's have access to today is because of how beautifully each of the Roosevelt's believed in and fulfilled their dreams for a more perfect union providing maximum opportunities for "life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness" and prosperity. If every US citizen, especially every student in our schools watched the series, I believe we would fulfill more of the ultimate destiny of America which Benjamin Franklin said is not power but light.

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