He shaped a major American city in his own image.
He laid the groundwork for the modern Red Cross. In the 1930s,
he was one of the most powerful figures in world finance.
In the early 1940s, he prepared America for war. And today,
few people remember his name. He was Jesse H. Jones, and without
him American capitalism might have been lost in the depths
of the Great Depression.
This April, see a vivid portrait of the Houston
businessman who, as Franklin D. Roosevelt's fiscal right
hand, was a critical force in creating the America we know
today. 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. 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