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The Men Who Built America 

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 ... See full summary »
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...  Himself - Narrator 4 episodes, 2012
H.W. Brands ...  Himself - Historian 4 episodes, 2012
...  Himself - Owner, Dallas Mavericks 4 episodes, 2012
...  Himself - Advertising Mogul 4 episodes, 2012
...  Himself - Real Estate Mogul 4 episodes, 2012
Steve Case ...  Himself - Co-Founder, AOL 4 episodes, 2012
...  Himself - Former Hedge Fund Manager 4 episodes, 2012
...  Young Carnegie / ... 4 episodes, 2012
John C. Bailey ...  Henry Clay Frick 4 episodes, 2012
Amy Baska ...  Eliza Rockefeller 4 episodes, 2012
Matthew Bassett ...  Captain Cooper 4 episodes, 2012
...  John D. Rockefeller Jr. 4 episodes, 2012
Walter Brandes ...  Devil Bill Rockefeller 4 episodes, 2012
...  Young Rockefeller 4 episodes, 2012
Maren Bush ...  Margaret Carnegie 4 episodes, 2012
Kenneth Cavett ...  Jim Fisk 4 episodes, 2012
...  William Vanderbilt 4 episodes, 2012
Edward Christian ...  Elias Unger 4 episodes, 2012
David Donahoe ...  Cornelius Vanderbilt 4 episodes, 2012
Cary Donaldson ...  Henry Ford 4 episodes, 2012
John Dow ...  Old John D Rockefeller / ... 4 episodes, 2012
Alex Falberg ...  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
...  Sam Andrews 4 episodes, 2012
...  George Westinghouse 4 episodes, 2012
Luke Hardt ...  Captain Heinde 4 episodes, 2012
...  Alexander Berkman 4 episodes, 2012
Jimmie James ...  Maurice Clark 4 episodes, 2012
John Keabler ...  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
...  Thomas A. Scott 4 episodes, 2012
Eric Messner ...  James Eads 4 episodes, 2012
...  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
...  Old J.P. Morgan 4 episodes, 2012
...  J.P. Morgan 4 episodes, 2012
...  Laura Rockefeller 4 episodes, 2012
...  Old Andrew Carnegie 4 episodes, 2012
...  Henry Keep 4 episodes, 2012
...  Andrew Carnegie 4 episodes, 2012
...  Hugh O'Donnell 4 episodes, 2012
Joseph Wiegand ...  Teddy Roosevelt 4 episodes, 2012
...  Himself - Carnegie Biographer 3 episodes, 2012
Maury Klein ...  Himself - Business Historian 3 episodes, 2012
Ron Perelman ...  Himself - Business Magnate 3 episodes, 2012
...  Himself - Former CEO, General Electric 3 episodes, 2012
...  Herself - Former CEO, Hewlett-Packard 3 episodes, 2012
...  Himself - Former Chairman, Federal Reserve 3 episodes, 2012
...  Himself - Hollywood Producer 3 episodes, 2012
...  Himself - Former Chairman, Time Warner / ... 3 episodes, 2012
...  Himself - Resort & Casino Developer 3 episodes, 2012
Charles Schwab ...  Himself - Investment Banking Mogul 2 episodes, 2012
...  Himself - Co-Founder, Def Jam 2 episodes, 2012
Jay Rockefeller ...  Himself - U.S. Senator 2 episodes, 2012
...  Himself - Majority Owner, Viacom & CBS 2 episodes, 2012
Steven Watts ...  Himself - Henry Ford Biographer / ... 2 episodes, 2012
...  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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Der große Aufbruch - Die Pioniere Amerikas  »

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

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Featured in 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (2013) See more »

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Really good...but....
17 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed watching "The Men Who Built America" and do strongly recommend it. The show is engaging and interesting--no doubt about that. However, I did have a few minor objections which seemed to come up more and more when the shows progressed. First, the show would normally only be seen by people who love history and yet, time and again, the show tried to create cliffhanger moments even though nearly every viewer KNOWS that Rockefeller went on to become rich and Carnegie took a few gambles but became mega-rich! No surprises yet the show sure made it seem like it was. Second, sometimes the show was just a bit over-the-top when it came to the drama and music. Tone it down just a bit please. And third, a few times the history just wasn't quite accurate--especially in episode 4.

So what we have is a rare show because it talks about the men who made America the economic power of the world--Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan and Ford. This is important history and generally is quite watchable but just could have scored a 10 had they roughed out a few aspects of the show.


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