The Ultimate Guide to the PresidentsHDClosed Captioning
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At the helm of the most powerful office in the world, one man at a time shapes history. This 8-hour special event offers a fresh perspective on the evolution of the Oval Office and the men who have served this country from George Washington to Barack Obama. Our unique form of democracy created in 1787 separates power among three branches of government: legislative, judicial and executive. This series takes a chronological look at the scope of presidential powers and responsibilities and shows how our leaders have faced the events, expectations, and challenges of their time.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAssume the Position: 1789-1825||The United States of America was a bold invention of enormous risk. An 8-year war of independence, followed by intense political debate produced a government of, by and for the people. This democracy in a world ruled by Kings and Emperors was a new experiment with three branches--a Court, a Congress and an Executive--all sharing power; a precarious balancing act purposely left open to interpretation.||44:11||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPower to the People: 1824-1849||The United States of America was a bold invention of enormous risk. An 8-year war of independence, followed by intense political debate produced a government of, by and for the people.||44:10||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoA House Divided: 1849-1865||America by the mid-1800s was triple its original size thanks to bold and controversial decisions by Presidents such as Jefferson, Jackson, and Polk. But with new territory came old confrontations. Slavery--the question that had been avoided since the country's birth--now had to be answered. Some leaders pinned their hopes on compromise, until one used the Presidency to defend freedom and the Union--at any cost.||44:10||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoExecutive Retreat: 1865-1901||America after the Civil War was a traumatized country in desperate need of leadership. The President who'd seen the nation through its most divisive conflict was dead, leaving no road map for peace. Over the next three decades, a series of weak Presidents lacked any vision for the future and showed little interest in real leadership. Each successive man took a back seat to Congress and to captains of industry--and the Presidency hit rock bottom.||44:10||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCall Of Duty 1899-1921||America at the beginning of the 20th century found a growing chasm between the rich and poor. The country's priorities were changing, as was the Presidency. Since the end of the Civil War, Congress and the deep pockets of Big Industry had dictated the course for the nation. But one President took back the reigns, fighting for the common man, just as a grisly international fight began to emerge that would test America's strength and its leader's resolve. America in the 1920s was a country poised for a fresh start. The horrific brutality of the first global war was over. The economy was beginning to "roar," and the Presidents at the helm were happy to take a backseat to Congress. But as America crashed into Depression--and then another World War--the times called for a stronger leader, one who set the table for presidential power in the 20th century.||44:11||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoChanging Of The Guard 1920-1945||America at the beginning of the 20th century found a growing chasm between the rich and poor. The country's priorities were changing, as was the Presidency.||44:11||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHail To The Chief 1945-1964||In 1945, at the end of a devastating global war, America emerged as a superpower. The Cold War presented the nation with a new and unprecedented crisis: the threat of nuclear annihilation. The country looked to the President to keep them safe during these dangerous times. The struggle against the spread of communism abroad, and the corrosive effects of inequality at home, demanded a new resolve and a steadfast international leader. Since the mid 1960s, the power of the presidency has risen and fallen. It's been burdened by the personal failings of the men who occupied the office; by a Congress determined to reassert its power; by a skeptical and fragmented media; and by a public that had grown indifferent. The Cold War ended, but global terror networks rose to present a more complicated threat. Despite these new challenges, the power of the office has grown substantially--remaining the shining symbol of America s noble experiment in democracy.||44:13||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMantle of Power: 1965-2013||In 1945, at the end of a devastating global war, America emerged as a superpower. The Cold War presented the nation with a new and unprecedented crisis: the threat of nuclear annihilation.||44:11||$2.99||View In iTunes|
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Fast paced but informative
Fast paced, perhaps too much so, but informative nonetheless. In the intro voice over, the narrator states the presidency is "a position invested with great power that is defined by challenges and crises; by the burden of the past and visions of the future; and by the personalities of the forty-three men who have become President." This bothered me until I remembered that Grover Cleveland served as President twice, but not in consecutive terms.
Great show but who the heck is the narrator? I know his voice from somewhere but can't figure out where!
Very interesting! And to answer 'Arthur805', the narrator is Bruce McGill. He's been in several movies and TV shows, but most recently he is on Rizzoli and Isles.