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The Men Who Built America - History

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by trdrjeff, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. Oct 9, 2012 #1 of 23
    trdrjeff

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    Looking forward to this one, commentaries from Steve Case, Mark Cuban, Donny Deutsch, Carly Fiorina, Alan Greenspan, Dick Parsons, Ron Perelman, T. Boone Pickens, Charles Schwab, Jack Welch and Steve Wozniak.

    Event Series Premieres Tuesday, October 16 at 9 p.m. on HISTORY®
     
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    On a similar vein, 'How booze built America' by Mike Rowe wrapped up on Discovery last week.
     
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    trdrjeff

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    I saw him promo'ing that on some talk show and forgot to record it. Thanks!
     
  4. Henry

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    Really enjoyed the first episode. Can't wait for the next one.
     
  5. sigma1914

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    It was excellent. It was 2hrs with commercials, but went at a great pace and didn't seem like it was long.
     
  6. Henry

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    Agree. It's not many commercialed programs that make it to my EHD, but this one was good enough to get archived.
     
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    Glad this was posted wasn't aware, have the series scheduled now.
     
  8. dpeters11

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    I knew these guys were ruthless, but had no idea the extent of it, selling fraudulent stock certificates to Vanderbilt and such.
     
  9. Henry

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    What's scary about what Fisk & Gould did is that it was legal at the time. :girlscrea
     
  10. Henry

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    Episode 2 did not disappoint.

    Mr. Carnegie builds a steel empire in order to construct a bridge across the Mississippi. Mr. Frick runs a bloddy show while Mr. Carnegie buries his head in European sand.

    Must see stuff. :)
     
  11. dpeters11

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    And that bridge still stands. And Frick left one heck of an art collection.
     
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    Wonderful series. The only negative aspect is something endemic in ALL Hisotry Channel specials - the padding that they use to stretch the material.

    When you're coming back from commercial, I don't need the first two minutes being a recap of the last 7 minute segment.
     
  13. dpeters11

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    I have been reminded that Frick is my third cousin, 5 times removed. However since he neglected to make provisions for my arrival in his will, I still don't like him.
     
  14. Henry

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    According to Wiki, art and furniture are part of the collection (not to mention his mansion). But even this largess to the arts has failed to stanch his reputation for brutality and thuggery in business. So successful, yet so reviled.

    I wonder how much of that was abetted by Carnegie's tacitness?

    dj is right. I hate the padding as well. Takes a little away from an otherwise-excellent production.
     
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    Thats anough of Frick and Frack...:D
     
  16. Laxguy

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    Winters,...
    on VOD:

    Anyone see the faint horizontal lines that sometimes are quite noticeable? They look like the screen used when a movie wants to "show" a TV set broadcast.
    PQ is just not that good even without the lines, though perhaps VOD makes the difference.
     
  17. Henry

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    The one thing I have really enjoyed with this show is the PQ. I noticed from the very beginning of Ep1 that PQ was excellent. Maybe, as you say, VOD is making the difference. Viewing it on its regular channel has been a great experience - for me anyway.
     
  18. Laxguy

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    Ah, good to know. I watched another which I downloaded and it was better, but still not good.
    I will be watching the rest on regular recording.
    In any event, it's interesting enough to watch regardless.
     
  19. Henry

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    My 722k recorded episode 3 but I haven't gotten a chance to watch it. Any opinions from those who did?
     
  20. litex2x

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    They are definitely worth a watch. I enjoyed theme thoroughly and learned so much from the first few episodes. I still need to watch Carnegie and JP Morgan episodes.
     

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