Sunday, September 30, 2007

Burns's War

As Christopher Hayes points out in The Nation, there's something strange going on with Ken Burns' The War. It does a good job exhuming and, for lack of a better word, executing "bottom-up" history, but in a way that still seems meant to extol national glory and a general feeling that tends to distort our understanding of the immediacy, immensity, and trauma of WWII, rather than enhance it in a way that seems fresh or, even, profound.