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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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Campbell Scott ...  Himself - Narrator 4 episodes, 2012
H.W. Brands H.W. Brands ...  Himself - Historian 4 episodes, 2012
Mark Cuban ...  Himself - Owner, Dallas Mavericks 4 episodes, 2012
Donny Deutsch ...  Himself - Advertising Mogul 4 episodes, 2012
Donald Trump ...  Himself - Real Estate Mogul 4 episodes, 2012
Steve Case Steve Case ...  Himself - Co-Founder, AOL 4 episodes, 2012
Jim Cramer ...  Himself - Former Hedge Fund Manager 4 episodes, 2012
AJ Achinger ...  Young Carnegie / ... 4 episodes, 2012
John C. Bailey John C. Bailey ...  Henry Clay Frick 4 episodes, 2012
Amy Baska Amy Baska ...  Eliza Rockefeller 4 episodes, 2012
Matthew Bassett Matthew Bassett ...  Captain Cooper 4 episodes, 2012
Matt Boliek ...  John D. Rockefeller Jr. 4 episodes, 2012
Walter Brandes Walter Brandes ...  Devil Bill Rockefeller 4 episodes, 2012
Dante Bruzzese ...  Young Rockefeller 4 episodes, 2012
Maren Bush Maren Bush ...  Margaret Carnegie 4 episodes, 2012
Kenneth Cavett Kenneth Cavett ...  Jim Fisk 4 episodes, 2012
Michael Chmiel ...  William Vanderbilt 4 episodes, 2012
Edward Christian Edward Christian ...  Elias Unger 4 episodes, 2012
David Donahoe ...  Cornelius Vanderbilt 4 episodes, 2012
Cary Donaldson Cary Donaldson ...  Henry Ford 4 episodes, 2012
John Dow John Dow ...  Old John D Rockefeller / ... 4 episodes, 2012
Alex Falberg Alex Falberg ...  Nikola Tesla 4 episodes, 2012
Michael Frederic Michael Frederic ...  Mark Hanna 4 episodes, 2012
Shary Galloway Shary Galloway ...  Farmer's Wife 4 episodes, 2012
David Gamble David Gamble ...  Young Junius Morgan 4 episodes, 2012
Tim Getman Tim Getman ...  John D. Rockefeller 4 episodes, 2012
Adam Griffin ...  Sam Andrews 4 episodes, 2012
Einar Gunn ...  George Westinghouse 4 episodes, 2012
Luke Hardt Luke Hardt ...  Captain Heinde 4 episodes, 2012
Robert Lee Harvey ...  Alexander Berkman 4 episodes, 2012
Jimmie James Jimmie James ...  Maurice Clark 4 episodes, 2012
John Keabler John Keabler ...  Charles Schwab 4 episodes, 2012
James Kidd James Kidd ...  William Jennings Bryan 4 episodes, 2012
Richard F. Klein Richard F. Klein ...  Abraham Lincoln 4 episodes, 2012
Cameron McNary Cameron McNary ...  Jay Gould 4 episodes, 2012
Don Meehan ...  Thomas A. Scott 4 episodes, 2012
Eric Messner Eric Messner ...  James Eads 4 episodes, 2012
Justin Morck ...  Thomas Edison 4 episodes, 2012
Puy Navarro Puy Navarro ...  Clairvoyant 4 episodes, 2012
Dan Odell Dan Odell ...  President William McKinley 4 episodes, 2012
Joe Rastello Joe Rastello ...  Frank Kellogg 4 episodes, 2012
Ray Reynolds ...  Old J.P. Morgan 4 episodes, 2012
Eric Rolland ...  J.P. Morgan 4 episodes, 2012
Sonia Satra ...  Laura Rockefeller 4 episodes, 2012
Ed Schiff ...  Old Andrew Carnegie 4 episodes, 2012
Hugh Scully ...  Henry Keep 4 episodes, 2012
Adam Jonas Segaller ...  Andrew Carnegie 4 episodes, 2012
Yaron Urbas ...  Hugh O'Donnell 4 episodes, 2012
Joseph Wiegand Joseph Wiegand ...  Teddy Roosevelt 4 episodes, 2012
David Nasaw ...  Himself - Carnegie Biographer 3 episodes, 2012
Maury Klein Maury Klein ...  Himself - Business Historian 3 episodes, 2012
Ron Perelman Ron Perelman ...  Himself - Business Magnate 3 episodes, 2012
Jack Welch ...  Himself - Former CEO, General Electric 3 episodes, 2012
Carly Fiorina ...  Herself - Former CEO, Hewlett-Packard 3 episodes, 2012
Alan Greenspan ...  Himself - Former Chairman, Federal Reserve 3 episodes, 2012
Jerry Weintraub ...  Himself - Hollywood Producer 3 episodes, 2012
Richard Parsons ...  Himself - Former Chairman, Time Warner / ... 3 episodes, 2012
Steve Wynn ...  Himself - Resort & Casino Developer 3 episodes, 2012
Charles Schwab Charles Schwab ...  Himself - Investment Banking Mogul 2 episodes, 2012
Russell Simmons ...  Himself - Co-Founder, Def Jam 2 episodes, 2012
Jay Rockefeller Jay Rockefeller ...  Himself - U.S. Senator 2 episodes, 2012
Sumner Redstone ...  Himself - Majority Owner, Viacom & CBS 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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16 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Der große Aufbruch - Die Pioniere Amerikas See more »

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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 American Titans: Rockefeller vs. Scott (2015) See more »

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Mediocre History
24 November 2012 | by holt9999See all my reviews

History that in no way challenges any of the accepted conceits of 2012. Which really is a shame. Decent popular history should show us that those ideas we always took for granted as to how and why thing happened in the past are very likely quite wrong. And what if the conventional wisdom is correct? Well, it really never is- conventional wisdom is the result of popular misconceptions and other filters, real history is always more nuanced and complicated than even well written history, let alone popular convention.

Good popular history challenges our preconceptions. Instead, in the case of "The Men who Built America" we get a one dimensional reality; The story of the men who, while helping to build the country, created a series of evil empires that were finally brought down once and for all, and for the good of the common man, by the efforts of certain politicians. Fair enough. A good start. But when you are given a couple hours for each of five American icons, it would be better if the producers could have shown us how much of the reality went against the narrative presented here.

Instead of presenting the public opprobrium against Standard Oil as springing solely from Rockefeller's sins against the working people, it would have been more accurate to show that the victims were seen as the small, independent businessman, not the worker who was treated as badly under them as under Rockefeller. In fact, I may have missed it, but how can one show the story of Rockefeller without a mention of Ida Tarbell?

The story of Morgan seemed to be more than a bit off in the attempt by the writers to neatly shoehorn JP Morgan into the rest of the narrative. I am sure that his life was intertwined with the industrialists in many ways, but I think that Morgan and his ilk stood somewhat apart from the industrialists, keeping his people on their boards only to safeguard the investments that were made. Morgan and how he made money, was nearly entirely separate from the industrialists and is interesting in its own right.

All in all, its a pretty fair show, given the typical History channel fare. At least its not Ancient Aliens. And accurate enough, I guess, except for the section on Morgan which I think badly distorted how he really was important to our history. But in giving us the most bland, vanilla version of the events it was another wasted opportunity by the History Channel.


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