Ken Burns’s Eulogy on “The War”
Sometimes we need to take a jaundiced view of approved history. I have come to that conclusion a bunch of times, and of late it’s becoming a habit. Recently, during another of my moments of doubt, I was reminded of a PBS television series produced by Ken Burns. He has had a bunch of them, most of them questionable at best–at least in the overall impression one receives while watching them. One of his productions was called “The War,” a tale about World War II. It’s an incredibly sad story, as I recall in a pamphlet I recently published for members of the American Amateur Press Association. I titled the four-page publication Ken Burns’s Eulogy on ‘The War. It’s not so much what Burns included in his story that bothers me–it’s what he doesn’t say that puts an entirely different slant on World War II.
As I note toward the end of my pamphlet after I recalled a list of things Burns didn’t find worth reporting: “These stories are every bit as much a part of this war as were those Burns told. They are inconvenient, however, as they call into question the nobility of the allies who fought ‘The Necessary War.’ ” I know some may resent my opinions about that war and America’s involvement in it, but I believe the matter deserves discussion and open debate.
Postage is included in the pamphlet’s price.