History Gift Guide – History Documentaries

History Gift Guide – History Movies – Documentaries

If you want as authentic of an experience of the moments in history that you have read, then a History Buff will turn to documentaries.  Historical accuraracy of a documentary should be at a higher caliber than most Hollywood history movies.  Make sure you also check out the history books section of the gift guide.

Here’s a list of some of the best selling History Documentaries!

[amazon_link id=”B004AR4WSA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Ken Burns: The Civil War[/amazon_link]

The most successful public-television miniseries in American history, the 11-hour Civil War didn’t just captivate a nation, reteaching to us our history in narrative terms; it actually also invented a new film language taken from its creator. When people describe documentaries using the “Ken Burns approach,” its style is understood: voice-over narrators reading letters and documents dramatically and stating the writer’s name at their conclusion, fresh live footage of places juxtaposed with still images (photographs, paintings, maps, prints), anecdotal interviews, and romantic musical scores taken from the era he depicts. The Civil War uses all of these devices to evoke atmosphere and resurrect an event that many knew only from stale history books.

[amazon_link id=”B004AR4WSA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Vietnam in HD[/amazon_link]

Their story is in danger of being lost to history. The men who came home from the Vietnam War represent a second silent generation. These are the men who won every battle in a lost war. Using the same experiential approach to storytelling as WWII in HD, HISTORY gives these veterans a voice. Through a collection of color Vietnam footage never seen by the public from private collections, museums, the US government, veteran’s and news organizations as well as sources from Vietnam, they tell their stories and relive their struggles, courage and fears. This six-hour miniseries spans the massive initial troop build-up in 1965 to the fall of Saigon a decade later. Sound design, using popular music from that era, powerfully evokes the time period and experience.

[amazon_link id=”B0052YDO3O” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Ken Burns: Prohibition[/amazon_link]

PROHIBITION, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The film starts with the early history of alcohol in America and examines the 19th-century temperance and progressive movements through the repeal of the 18th Amendment in 1933. This six-hour three part documentary also includes over two hours of bonus content.

[amazon_link id=”B003NOGNPQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]In the Shadow of the Moon[/amazon_link]

IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON is an intimate epic, which vividly communicates the daring and the danger, the pride and the passion, of this extraordinary era in American history. Between 1968 and 1972, the world watched in awe each time an American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon. Only 12 American men walked upon its surface and they remain the only human beings to have stood on another world. Now for the first time, and very possibly the last, IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON combines archival material from the original NASA film footage, much of it never before seen, with interviews with the surviving astronauts who emerge as eloquent, witty, emotional and very human.

[amazon_link id=”B003X3BYEC” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The World at War[/amazon_link]

More than 35 years after its initial broadcast, THE WORLD AT WAR remains the definitive visual history of World War II. Unsurpassed in depth and scope, its 26 hour-long programs feature an extraordinary collection of newsreel, propaganda, and home-movie footage drawn from the archives of 18 nations, including color close-ups of Adolf Hitler taken by his mistress, that present an unvarnished perspective of the war s pivotal events. Penetrating interviews with eyewitness participants from Hitler s secretary to Alger Hiss to ordinary citizens who stood outside the battle lines add spine-tingling, first-hand accounts to an already unforgettable viewing experience.

[amazon_link id=”B003S1UNZU” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns[/amazon_link]

Here is the story of America’s national pastime from master storyteller Ken Burns. It is an epic overflowing with heroes and hopefuls, scoundrels and screwballs. A saga spanning the quest for racial justice, the clash of labor and management, the immigrant experience, the transformation of popular culture, and the enduring appeal of the national pastime.

[amazon_link id=”B0009S2K9C” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The First World War[/amazon_link]

This definitive ten-part series offers insight and analysis to provide a coherent and strategic military narrative of the worldwide conflict that changed history.

[amazon_link id=”B002RUNMMY” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]WWII in HD[/amazon_link]

The only people to see the war like this were the ones who lived it. Until now… Seventy years in the making. Three thousand hours of color footage no one knew existed. The first documentary to show World War II from the perspective of both sides in full, immersive HD color, the world premiere HISTORY series WWII in HD uses the diaries of soldiers who fought in the war’s biggest battles to create a personal, introspective and detailed look at life on and off the front lines. Though it was illegal for U.S. soldiers to carry diaries, many hid them away in their packs and recorded their experiences in detail.

[amazon_link id=”B0014CKCEC” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Vietnam War: America’s Conflict[/amazon_link]

Be an eyewitness to the conflict that divided our nation and changed the very fabric of society. This collection of harrowing and compelling footage traces the evolution of this conflict from a regional military engagement to an ever-expanding war that ultimately spanned three U.S. Presidents. From strategic political move to the immediacy of jungle warfare and the weapons with which the war was waged, Vietnam: America”s Conflict captures the sweep of history and the agony of a generation.

[amazon_link id=”B000BITUEI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Jazz : A Film By Ken Burns[/amazon_link]

It’s here that Burns unearths precious visual images of jazz musicians and hangs historical narratives around the music with convincing authority. Time can stand still as images float past to the sound of grainy vintage jazz, and the drama of a phonograph needle being placed on Louis Armstrong’s celestial “West End Blues” is nearly sublime.

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