New York: The City and the Country – A Documentary Film by Ric Burns

Famed documentarian Ken Burns’ brother embraces the genre with this wonderful offering about the city I grew up just outside of; a place I will always consider my first home: New York. Narrated by David Ogden Stiers, New York: The City and the Country aired on PBS details the rich history of the greatest cityContinue reading “New York: The City and the Country – A Documentary Film by Ric Burns”

Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery by Ken Burns

I can’t remember exactly how much time was actually covered in history class about the journey of Lewis and Clark to explore the land purchased from Napoleon and France by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803. I know it was discussed, but essentially it was glossed over in text and given a paragraph or two. TheContinue reading “Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery by Ken Burns”

The Civil War: A Documentary by Ken Burns – A Definitive Portrait

It is well that war is so terrible… we should grow too fond of it… – Robert E. Lee watching the battle of Fredericksburg. An anecdote about Wilmer McClain, who moved his family from Bull Run, where a Union shell landed in the summer kitchen of his house, to Appomattox Court House, where Lee surrenderedContinue reading “The Civil War: A Documentary by Ken Burns – A Definitive Portrait”

DVD Review: Ken Burns’ The Statue of Liberty – Liberty’s Too Precious a Thing to Be Buried in Books…

This was perfect timing. I’d loaded up my queue at Netflix with Ken Burns documentaries last year after finally viewing all of the Baseball boxed set and seeing just how terrific these documentaries are on DVD. As the news broke this past weekend that the National Parks Service is looking to finally reopen the StatueContinue reading “DVD Review: Ken Burns’ The Statue of Liberty – Liberty’s Too Precious a Thing to Be Buried in Books…”

Review of the Documentary 9/11: Many Years Later, Reflections

I am a New Yorker There have been many essays circulating the Internet since the events of September 11, 2001. One of the really good ones was with that title. (For an excellent site with that poem on it: http://www.farrockaway.com/carol/newyorker.html). In my case, I am a native New Yorker. I was born in Manhattan, andContinue reading “Review of the Documentary 9/11: Many Years Later, Reflections”

Ken Burns’ Baseball: We Need a Few More Volumes Now

It’s been a tradition in my house that every year as spring training begins, I break out the Ken Burns documentary, Baseball. I owned it on VHS, then on DVD. Now it’s available streaming. I just wished he had added more volumes with everything that’s gone on since this was first put together. The DVDContinue reading “Ken Burns’ Baseball: We Need a Few More Volumes Now”