I have to admit that I am not a big fan of anything that is not
fiction. I'm not a history buff, either. I prefer my historical dramas to be
completely fictionalized, like the old miniseries "North and South" or the movie
"Tombstone". I was not one of those who watched the various PBS shows by Ken
Burns. To me they are deadly boring.
My mother-in-law, however, is a big history buff and also loves the Discovery
and History channels. I watched this with her. They did a good job in having
actors portray Sherman and the other characters as narrators described what's
going on. They kept it moving along to make it interesting. My mother-in-law
enjoyed is as well, and she is the true test of these things. She was very
embroiled in it, so that means it's a winner. She says she really loved it.
Our only problem was that since this was an advance copy, it was
not yet closed-captioned, and she has hearing problems. One of the narrators
swallows his words a bit. You shouldn't have this problem with the regular
If you are into history or want to learn about this historic battle that changed
our country's future in a major way, or if you like non-fiction shows, you
should check this out tonight on The History Channel.
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