Tuesday, October 23, 2012

TV Worth Watching...

Its rare when I find a TV show that I find worth watching these days.  It has to be something both entertaining as well as mentally stimulating.  The Men Who Built America on the History Channel meets both those criteria.

Focused on the industrial titans of the late 19th and early 20th century the series intersperses historical fact and recreation with commentary from modern business icons (Jack Welch, Alan Greenspan, Carly Fiorina, Mark Cuban, etc.).  Covering Vanderbilt, Carnegie, JP Morgan, Ford, Rockefeller and others the shows act as a great primer on the industrial foundation that resulted in the most powerful country on earth in so many ways.  Context in the series is given by varied historians and though details of some items are left out but you could certainly do worse than to gain a basic understanding of what makes America great than by watching this series.

And then ask yourself, could such great men succeed in today's America?  Jobs, Gates, Bezos, Musk and others would say yes.  To ensure that this continues we must create an environment where such aspirations and efforts are rewarded.

The Men Who Built America...

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