Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Best Cold War Documentary of All Time!

Yesterday I blogged about the Best comprehensive WW2 documentaries of All Time.   I think that the Cold War deserves a mention as well.  And CNN has the goods!

The 1999 CNN production of The Cold War 

From Wikipedia

Cold War is a twenty-four episode television documentary series about the Cold War (1947–1990). Jeremy Isaacs produced the 1998 program in a style similar to his previous series, The World at War (1973). Businessman Ted Turner created the series as a joint production between the Turner Broadcasting System and the BBC, originally broadcast on CNN in the U.S. and BBC Two in the U.K.. It was narrated by Kenneth Branagh. It featured interviews with leading political figures and people who witnessed and lived through the conflict. The complete Cold War series was released on VHS in the U.S. and the U.K., but has not been reissued.

There is quite a bit of video on the net. Here is the first episode.

There was quite a bit of criticism of the series as it appeared, debates in newspapers and television programs at the time.  This is just the nature of the territory with regards to Western Leftists and their apologetic revisionist history.  Commentary Magazine printed this comprehensive criticism, and noted auther and former Communist and New Leftist Ronald Radosh produced this criticism.

Never the less, this stands uncontested as the single greatest video overview of the Cold War and is well worth seeking out.

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