Tuesday, November 20, 2007

[The Life of Shaun #171] DVD recommendation: Alistair Cooke's America

I just finished the last episode of Alistair Cooke's America and am recommending it to all of my American friends and friends who have an interest, either negative or positive, in American history and what this "America" is.

I found it so interesting because it was made by a British-born long-term resident in America, so it was unusual to see his perspective versus the one we were all taught in school - to see someone who can analytically separate the good and the bad of America and its past, rather than the "We're number one!" we all were thumped with from the age of five.

The second thing that makes it so captivating is that it was made in the 70s, a whole different political and social lifetime ago. As the series gets closer and closer to "modern" times, this becomes a bigger factor, and it really is fascinating peek at a different perspective in time, and especially, to me, on such things as America's role in the world going forward (as in now) and what to do about the "black problem".

So add it to your NetFlix/LoveFilm/Amazon queues (I know I don't have to say Wal-Mart or Blockbuster queues since, of course, none of you enlightened folks would have them) and give it a whirl. And let me know what you think.

BTW, for those who are curious:

"Dear all,
Your transcripts will be available from the MBA Course office tomorrow (Wednesday) after 1.00pm.

Grr... Perhaps one day I will know just what I got!


Shaun Coley
Clerkenwell, Islington
London, UK

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