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  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Review: Wagon Train TV Series

    Wagon Train: The Television Series by James Rosin, The Autumn Road Company, Philadelphia, 2008, $21.95 paperback. Westbound wagon trains were a big part of the frontier picture, and they were big again in early television. The show Wagon...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West DVD Review: Deadwood

    Deadwood: The Complete Series, Seasons 1–3 HBO, 2007, two disks, 160 minutes, $170. If nothing else, David Milch’s Deadwood (2004–2006) defies those proper-minded souls who say that people who swear all the time have limited...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Review: The Most Dangerous Man in America

    The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers A Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith film, in cooperation with Independent Television Service, now in theatrical release, www.mostdangerousman.org The truly...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Review: Hallowed Grounds

    Hallowed Grounds PBS, 2009, 56 minutes, $24.99 This documentary pays tribute to America’s 24 overseas military cemeteries and the nearly 125,000 soldiers interred in them. The film opens with a sobering explanation of the burial...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Review: The Pacific

    The Pacific HBO, Sundays 9 p.m. ET through May 16 This 10-part miniseries tracks the real-life accounts of three U.S. Marines —Robert Leckie (played by James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda)— who...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West DVD Review: Bonanza

    Bonanza: The Official First Season, Vols. 1 and 2 Paramount Home Entertainment, 2009, 8 disks, 1,585 min., $69.98. All 32 first-season episodes of Bonanza (1959–73)—the second all-time longest running TV Western behind Gunsmoke, which...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West DVD Review: Laredo

    Laredo: The Complete Series, 1965–67 Timeless Media Group, 12 discs (2,713 minutes), 2009, $98.98. The old black-and-white Maverick TV series cheerfully combined humor with Western action, and Laredo took that notion to a colorful new...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Review: Turmoil and Triumph

    Turmoil and Triumph: The George Shultz Years Airing on PBS in July; check local listings Caught for seven years in the Reagan Era between international explosions and Cabinet infighting, Secretary of State George Shultz maintained his...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: WWII in HD

    Time: 10 hours. Color/B&W. Narrated by Gary Sinise. Think of this series as Ken Burns in astounding high definition, minus the often-portentous tone. It follows a dozen individuals (two war correspondents, an army nurse, a Tuskegee...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII TV Review: Hitler’s Bodyguard

    Hitler’s Bodyguard: How history’s most evil tyrant survived 25 years of terror Directed by Alexander Kluge. $79.99. 13 episodes; 10 hours on 4 DVDs. Between Hitler’s early days in Munich and the war’s opening, his security detail...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII TV Review: Secret War

    Secret War: The Secret Agents Who Set Europe Ablaze 13 episodes on 4 DVDs, $79.99. Without their edge in espionage, the Allies would have struggled—at best—to win the war. One of Churchill’s first acts as prime minister was to form...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII TV Review: Narrow Escapes of WWII

    Narrow Escapes of WWII  Military Channel 13 episodes, now airing  The 333rd Field Artillery Battalion was one of the U.S. Army’s few African American frontline units, though its officers were white. But officers and men alike...

  • Reviews

    Reviews- Armchair General March 2013

    Once an Eagle Myrer, with foreword by Carlo D’Este (Harper Perennial Modern by Anton Classics, 2013). Few novels have been as enthusiastically embraced by generations of U.S. military readers as this one. Myrer’s compelling story...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Review: War of the Worlds-American Experience

    War of the Worlds  American Experience, PBS, 60 minutes, airs in October (2013) On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles and his heralded Mercury Theater unwittingly unloosed one of the best-known Halloween tricks of all time. Millions of...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Review: PBS The African Americans

    The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross  PBS, airs in October and November (2013) The ubiquitous Henry Louis Gates wrote and hosts this stimulating, panoramic six-part series tracing the five centuries of African-American life in...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Miniseries Review: Klondike

    Klondike, Discovery Channel, three-part series, six hours, TV-14, premiered in January 2014. Discovery Channel’s first-ever scripted miniseries is a subarctic adventure based on Charlotte Gray’s 2010 book Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich...