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BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A BILLION?
THE STORY OF JESSE H. JONES
Emmy Award Winning Documentary
Narrated By Walter Cronkite
He saved the nation from complete financial
collapse and at one point was considered to be the most powerful
person in the country, next to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Yet, Jesse Holman Jones has never been properly recognized in
the annals of American history.
In April, PBS paints a vivid portrait
of this remarkable man who was to become one of the main architects
of modern America. Narrated by Walter Cronkite, Brother,
Can You Spare A Billion? The Story Of Jesse H. Jones,
features a dynamic mix of historical film footage, information
uncovered in the Jones archives and interviews with John Kenneth
Galbraith, John Morton Blum and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Produced
and directed by Boston filmmaker Eric Stange and co-written with
executive producer Steven Fenberg, this multi-award winning one-hour
documentary airs nationwide on PBS April 3, 2000 from 10:00 to
11:00 p.m. ET (check local listing).
Narrator Walter Cronkite says of Jones,
"He's a forgotten hero from one of the most important chapters
in our nation's history."
In the 1930s, America came closer to
being torn apart than it had at any time in its history since
the Civil War. The ravages of the Great Depression had not only
shattered people's trust in America's institutions, it had shaken
their faith in the very ideals that buttress the American dream.