Synopses & Reviews
Includes bibliographical references.
Comprehensive, entertaining, scrupulously researched, and featuring summaries that separate the fact from the fiction in more than 350 important historical films, this book is the perfect companion for all movie fans who have ever wondered, "Did that really happen?"
From Birth of a Nation to Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan, here is a compulsively readable and endlessly browsable book that brings to life for film buffs, history lovers, students, and teachers the real stories behind the stirring events on screen.
No medium is more effective than film in bringing to vivid life the epochal events of our past; yet none is as prone to sometimes dangerous distortions of fact and emphasis. History Goes to the Movies separates fact from fiction for more than three hundred important historical films, in the process enhancing both viewing pleasure and historical understanding.
Organized into twelve categories such as " Biography, " " The American West, " " World War Two, " and " Ancient, Classical, and Medieval History, " the book includes chronologies for each historical period covered. For every film, a detailed essay is provided describing the historical context and events portrayed, a brief plot summary, and an assessment of the movie's accuracy and entertainment value, concluding with suggestions for further reading and viewing.
Comprehensive, entertaining, scrupulously researched, and often bracingly opinionated, History Goes to the Movies will turn your VCR into a clear (and accurate) window on all human history. For every moviegoer who has wondered, " Did that really happen?" --here at last is the answer.
About the Author
Joseph Roquemore is a speechwriter and corporate communications specialist who holds a Ph.D. in English literature and is an avid reader of history. He lives in the Chicago area.
Table of Contents
World War II: Anzio -- Battleground -- Battle of Britain -- Boat (Das boot) -- Bridge on the River Kwai -- Court-martial of Billy Mitchell -- Cross of iron -- Desert fox -- Desert rats -- Escape from Sobibor -- Fat man and little boy -- 5 fingers -- Great escape -- Halls of Montezuma -- Hiroshima: out of the ashes -- Longest day - Man who never was -- Memphis belle -- Midway -- Mission of the shark -- Objective, Burma! -- O.S.S. -- Patton -- Sands of Iwo Jima -- Sink the Bismarck! -- Tora! Tora! Tora! -- Walk in the sun -- Korean War: Bridges at Toko-Ri -- Manchurian candidate -- Men in war -- Pork chop hill -- Retreat, hell! -- Unity and upheaval: USA, 1950-1975: American graffiti -- Apollo 13 -- Blackboard jungle -- JFK -- Medium cool -- Mississippi burning -- Nixon -- Quiz show -- Vietnam War: Bat 21 -- Flight of the intruder -- Full metal jacket -- Go tell the Spartans -- Hamburger hill -- Indochine -- Iron triangle -- Killing fields -- Platoon -- Cold war: Beast -- Big lift -- Falcon and the snowman -- Gulag -- Heroes of Desert Storm -- Hunt for red October -- Stalin -- Strategic air command -- To kill a priest -- Social history, period pieces, and biography: Age of innocence -- Bounty -- Cal -- Charge of the light brigade -- Citizen Kane -- Doctor Zhivago -- Duellists -- Fire over England -- Gandhi -- Ike: the war years -- Khartoum -- Land and freedom -- Last emperor -- Lawrence of Arabia -- Lost command -- MacArthur -- Man for all seasons -- Night to remember -- Raid on Entebbe -- Rob Roy -- Shadowlands -- Spirit of St. Louis -- Tale of two cities -- Zulu.