Last night I watched the first installment of The War on PBS and it was fantastic. Produced by Ken Burns, The War tells the story of a handful of men and women from 4 US cities and towns during World War II. The filmmaker allows the subjects to tell us, through their own experiences, how they (and everyone around them) were impacted by the war.
Ken Burns is a great storyteller – he has done PBS documentaries on everything from Frank Lloyd Wright to Baseball to The Brooklyn Bridge. Burns is perhaps best known for his PBS documentary The Civil War – which I watched with great interest after I noticed one of my Penn State history professors, Gary Gallagher, was one of the commentators on the film.
If you have even a passing interest in history, check out The War on PBS.