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Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power DVD
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Admiral Hyman G. Rickover was a flamboyant maverick and a unique American hero. When few thought it possible, then-Captain Rickover harnessed the power of the atom, ultimately transforming the Navy and changing the course of America's technological development. As questions about nuclear power have arisen in the wake of the disaster in Japan, RICKOVER considers the story of the man who started it all: Hyman G. Rickover.
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4.7

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Fair and accurate characterization

As a Navy veteran who was interviewed and selected by Admiral Rickover to serve as an officer in our nuclear navy, I found this program to be nostalgically haunting and disgusting: haunting in its...Read complete review

As a Navy veteran who was interviewed and selected by Admiral Rickover to serve as an officer in our nuclear navy, I found this program to be nostalgically haunting and disgusting: haunting in its accuracy and in the memories it evoked of my personal experiences and those related to me by trusted colleagues who had far more contact with the Admiral than did I; and, disgusting in that it candidly addressed the tremendous resistance he encountered from "regular" Navy officials and, late in his life, from threatened industrial antagonists. President Ronald Reagan is often credited with "winning the Cold War"; however, I will always attribute that historic distinction to Hyman G. Rickover for his building and setting the course for our nuclear-powered naval fleet. And, generally unrecognized is his other signal contribution: the development of safe, reliable, environmentally-friendly, commercial generation of electricity using nuclear power. While the film documents that feat, its principal weakness is its failure to recognize how -- thanks in large measure to the leadership of veterans of "Rickover's Navy" -- the domestic nuclear power industry "got its act together" after the Three Mile Island (TMI) event and created a private self-governance structure to ensure that U.S. commercial nuclear power reactors would be built and operated and its personnel trained and supervised to Rickovian standards of excellence. Appropriately, the film concludes by depicting how this creative, driven, engineering genius was finally afforded due credit and honor as a national hero. This film aptly depicts the difference a dedicated individual can make on a global scale.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

This DVD has many errors of history

This PBS show failed to mention the following historical event:
"The second USS Thresher (SSN-593) was the lead boat of her class of nuclear-powered attack submarines in the United...Read complete review

This PBS show failed to mention the following historical event:
"The second USS Thresher (SSN-593) was the lead boat of her class of nuclear-powered attack submarines in the United States Navy. Her loss at sea in the North Atlantic during deep-diving tests approximately 220 miles east of Boston, Massachusetts, on 10 April 1963 was a watershed event for the U.S. Navy, leading to the implementation of a rigorous submarine safety program known as SUBSAFE. Judging by the 129 crew members and shipyard personnel who were killed in the incident, historic context and significance, the sinking of Thresher was then, and remains today, the world's worst submarine disaster. As the first nuclear submarine lost at sea, its disappearance generated international shock and sympathy."

At the end of the DVD it is stated that there was no loss of life during Admiral Rickover's career.

This statement along with the failure to deal with this historial event makes this DVD worthless and a dishonour to the admiral.

Return it an get your money back.

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5.0

Great story!!

By MariaDel

from Baltimore, MD

Comments about PBS Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power DVD:

Rickover's personality keeps your attention for the full two hours! Great addition to all the other nuclear documentaries I've watched.

 
5.0

WOW, Rickover was meant to be American, like 1776.

By Helen

from Harrisburg, Pa

Verified Reviewer

Comments about PBS Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power DVD:

I only knew about him from a person who was chosen for the Nuke program by him. This guy is a real Tiger Mom! We need people like him to stand up to the people like Cheney, etc. today.

 
5.0

Powerhouse

By Diehard Submariner

from Abingdon, MD

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Comments about PBS Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power DVD:

Very interesting

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5.0

Rickover's effect runs deeply.

By drrd

from Holland, MI

Verified Reviewer

Comments about PBS Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power DVD:

I served as a power plant engineer in Admiral Rickover's nuclear Navy from 1972-1978. Afterward, I went to good schools and became a family doctor for 30 years. Looking back over the last 4 decades, I can see the best part of the "Rickover Effect" throughout my dual careers.

The way Rickover's guidance is executed -- in the enlisted part of his Nuclear Power Program -- was a clear parallel to all of the rigorous, rewarding, and intimidating stages of my eleven years of medical training. I learned from this excellent movie the foundations of what made me the doctor I am today. This movie brought my professional foundations into clear focus, in large part from the engineering mind of Hyman G. Rickover.

Admiral Rickover had a harsh side many times, but generally for a good reason. This is clear in the movie. Among us enlisted engineers, we heard enticing rumors about the "program admission" interview that nuclear officers had to survive with Adm. Rickover. Three stories of this type are in the movie, two of which were already known to me 40 years ago. One of the stories includes a future President of the United States.

Admiral Rickover was brilliant, harsh, and demanding. Watching "Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power" taught me how his professional abrasiveness is exactly what it took to form the high standards of engineering that are so essential for the well-built, well-run, well-taught nuclear fleet that enveloped me for six years.

Russell Dykstra, M.D.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

This DVD has many errors of history

By charley

from New York, NY

Verified Reviewer

Comments about PBS Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power DVD:

This PBS show failed to mention the following historical event:
"The second USS Thresher (SSN-593) was the lead boat of her class of nuclear-powered attack submarines in the United States Navy. Her loss at sea in the North Atlantic during deep-diving tests approximately 220 miles east of Boston, Massachusetts, on 10 April 1963 was a watershed event for the U.S. Navy, leading to the implementation of a rigorous submarine safety program known as SUBSAFE. Judging by the 129 crew members and shipyard personnel who were killed in the incident, historic context and significance, the sinking of Thresher was then, and remains today, the world's worst submarine disaster. As the first nuclear submarine lost at sea, its disappearance generated international shock and sympathy."

At the end of the DVD it is stated that there was no loss of life during Admiral Rickover's career.

This statement along with the failure to deal with this historial event makes this DVD worthless and a dishonour to the admiral.

Return it an get your money back.

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