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 Himself - Narrator (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Owner, Dallas Mavericks (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Advertising Mogul (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Real Estate Mogul (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Co-Founder, AOL (4 episodes, 2012)
Jim Cramer ...
 Himself - Former Hedge Fund Manager (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Young Carnegie / ... (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Henry Clay Frick (4 episodes, 2012)
Amy Baska ...
 Eliza Rockefeller (4 episodes, 2012)
Matthew Bassett ...
 Captain Cooper (4 episodes, 2012)
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 John D. Rockefeller Jr. (4 episodes, 2012)
Walter Brandes ...
 Devil Bill Rockefeller (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Young Rockefeller (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Margaret Carnegie (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Jim Fisk (4 episodes, 2012)
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 William Vanderbilt (4 episodes, 2012)
Edward Christian ...
 Elias Unger (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Cornelius Vanderbilt (4 episodes, 2012)
Cary Donaldson ...
 Henry Ford (4 episodes, 2012)
John Dow ...
 Old John D Rockefeller / ... (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Nikola Tesla (4 episodes, 2012)
Michael Frederic ...
 Mark Hanna (4 episodes, 2012)
Shary Galloway ...
 Farmer's Wife (4 episodes, 2012)
David Gamble ...
 Young Junius Morgan (4 episodes, 2012)
Tim Getman ...
 John D. Rockefeller (4 episodes, 2012)
Adam Griffin ...
 Sam Andrews (4 episodes, 2012)
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 George Westinghouse (4 episodes, 2012)
Luke Hardt ...
 Captain Heinde (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Alexander Berkman (4 episodes, 2012)
Jimmie James ...
 Maurice Clark (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Charles Schwab (4 episodes, 2012)
James Kidd ...
 William Jennings Bryan (4 episodes, 2012)
Richard F. Klein ...
 Abraham Lincoln (4 episodes, 2012)
Cameron McNary ...
 Jay Gould (4 episodes, 2012)
Don Meehan ...
 Thomas A. Scott (4 episodes, 2012)
Eric Messner ...
 James Eads (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Thomas Edison (4 episodes, 2012)
Puy Navarro ...
 Clairvoyant (4 episodes, 2012)
Dan Odell ...
 President William McKinley (4 episodes, 2012)
Joe Rastello ...
 Frank Kellogg (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Old J.P. Morgan (4 episodes, 2012)
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 J.P. Morgan (4 episodes, 2012)
Sonia Satra ...
 Laura Rockefeller (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Old Andrew Carnegie (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Henry Keep (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Andrew Carnegie (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Hugh O'Donnell (4 episodes, 2012)
Joseph Wiegand ...
 Teddy Roosevelt (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Courtroom Spectator / ... (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Carnegie Biographer (3 episodes, 2012)
Maury Klein ...
 Himself - Business Historian (3 episodes, 2012)
Ron Perelman ...
 Himself - Business Magnate (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Former CEO, General Electric (3 episodes, 2012)
Carly Fiorina ...
 Herself - Former CEO, Hewlett-Packard (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Former Chairman, Federal Reserve (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Hollywood Producer (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Former Chairman, Time Warner / ... (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Resort & Casino Developer (3 episodes, 2012)
Charles Schwab ...
 Himself - Investment Banking Mogul (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Co-Founder, Def Jam (2 episodes, 2012)
Jay Rockefeller ...
 Himself - U.S. Senator (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Majority Owner, Viacom & CBS (2 episodes, 2012)
Steven Watts ...
 Himself - Henry Ford Biographer / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Co-Founder, Apple (2 episodes, 2012)
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Miniseries shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States, a nation decaying from the inside after the Civil War, into the greatest economic and technological superpower the world had ever seen. The Men Who Built America is the story of a nation at the crossroads and of the people who catapulted it to prosperity. Written by Anonymous

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Contains two 2016 republican presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina as commenters. See more »

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Great Show If You Don't Pick It Apart!
5 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I am not a history major or a self-proclaimed history buff, I loved this show. I normally NEVER watch TV and I simply couldn't stop until I was done with the series. I thought the producers did an excellent job of making these stories interesting and I also enjoyed the commentary. The men portrayed, (Vanderbuilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, and Ford) were business geniuses regardless of their often unscrupulous tactics amongst each other, smaller business and the working man. It's still a part of American history that everyone should learn about, including kids in school. Also, it's much better than most shows you find on TV these days.


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