The Presidents CollectionI genuinely enjoy FDR as a president.  The biggest reason why is because he was wise enough to look across the ideological divide and take some fantastic ideas from socialism and embed them into what had obviously become an overly oppressive and exploitative economic system.  He also fought the Nazis, still the proper decision to make, other than bombing Dresden, but it’s mainly the socialism and the fantastic John Maynard Keynes whom everyone should look up to.  Now there is a new chance to learn all about the great things FDR did.

Starting this August 26th, now available on DVD from PBS Home Video and Paramount Home Entertainment comes the definitive collection of the important and pivotal American presidents of the twentieth century.  American Experience – The Presidents Collection – FDR is ready to come into your living room and help explain why the twentieth century turned out the way it did.  Bring home this wonderful historic show today.

This DVD boxed set contains 15 DVDs and ten episodes from American Experience.  The presidents examined are, in chronological order, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, The Kennedys, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush.

This film is made up of two discs totaling up to 257 minutes.  The first disc is broken down into two parts.  The first is The Center Of The World.  In this part, we learn about FDR’s childhood, his falling in love with Eleanor, his secret ambition to become President and his first affair is found out, forever changing his family life.  The second is Fear Itself.  In this part, we learn of FDR’s run for vice-president, his devastating bout of polio and his election as president.  The second disc is broken down into parts three and four.  The third part is The Grandest Job In The World.  In this part, Roosevelt is elected, we hear stories from his first years in office, and he is reelected for the first time.  The fourth part is The Juggler.  In this part, Roosevelt begins to move against the Great Depression, more elections take place, and the Second World War begins.  Truman then becomes president.

The special feature included in this DVD are a teachers guide which exists to help a teacher facilitate discussion regarding parts of this two-disc film.

Even though FDR was president for four terms, we so often boil down what he did to a small amount.  He ended the Great Depression and defeated the Nazis.  Yet there was so much more he did than simply that.  It’s a strange thing we do with just about every president.  Think about it.  Reagan – Iran-Contra, tear down this wall.  Nixon – crook.  Carter – one termer.  W – me saying profanities. I found this film to be completely fascinating and well worth the watching.

Experience this great documentary.

This DVD and the rest of the boxed set is available at

Nathaniel Jonet

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