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Victory in the Pacific

Victory in the Pacific
The story of the end of World War II, told through American and Japanese first-hand accounts.
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In this provocative, thorough examination of the final months of the war, American Experience looks at the escalation of bloodletting from the vantage point of both the Japanese and the Americans. As the film shows, most of the Emperor's inner circle was determined to continue the war even after losses in the Philippines in February 1945 cut off Japan's supply lines. And though he was warned that the country, brought to its knees by the conflict, might erupt in a Communist revolution, Emperor Hirohito believed that one last decisive battle could reverse Japan's fortunes.

The Americans, for their part, were startled by the intensity and determination of the Japanese defenders in the South Pacific. "Do the suicides of Saipan mean the whole Japanese race will choose death before surrender?" wrote a reporter in Time . From the U.S. capture of the Mariana Islands through the firebombing of Tokyo and the dropping of the atomic bomb, Victory in the Pacific chronicles the dreadful and unprecedented loss of life and the decisions made by leaders on both sides that finally ended the war.

Vietnam: A Television History

Vietnam: A Television History
The war in Vietnam changed a generation -- and continues to color American thinking today.
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Vietnam was the first television war, and seen again its images are as powerful as when they first appeared on the screen. Weaving remarkable historical footage with a dispassionate narrative and the recollections of policymakers and ordinary soldiers on both sides, This program carefully analyzes the costs and consequences of the war. "Vietnam," a television classic, has been called "extraordinary," "riveting," "meticulously researched and carefully balanced" and has won every major broadcast award.

Views of a Vanishing Frontier (no website available)
The journey of Prince Maximilian, German naturalist, and artist Karl Bodmer, who explored the Mississippi River area from 1832-34.
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The journey of Prince Maximilian, German naturalist, and artist Karl Bodmer, who explored the Mississippi River area from 1832-34, meticulously documenting in paintings and journals the landscape, plants and life of Native Americans.
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