September 21, 2007
Ken Burns's 'The War': an American Anthem
As a title, The War could refer to many things: the Civil War, World War I, Vietnam, Iraq. But for Americans who lived through the years from 1941 to 1945, it means just one thing — the Second World War, "the good war," "the big one," as Archie Bunker used to say.
Addressed to the war generation and its children and grandchildren, Ken Burns's new mega-documentary draws on eyewitness testimony for its interviews, and it is dedicated to those who fought. At times, it teeters