The Men Who Built America Episode Two: Twice as Phony

The History Channel aired the second episode of its “Men Who Built America” series on Tuesday, and there was very little history in it.

In my review of the first episode I said the makers were “more concerned with telling a dramatic story than they were with historical accuracy.” The second episode is far worse in this regard. It’s basically just fiction in a period setting.
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The Men Who Built America: Great Stories, Too Much Poetic License

The History Channel aired the first episode of its “The Men Who Built America” series last week, and I tuned in eagerly to watch it.

The series will profile the careers of railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, oil man John D. Rockefeller, steel maker Andrew Carnegie, investment banker JP Morgan, and car maker Henry Ford. The opening episode focuses on Vanderbilt and Rockefeller.

As my regular readers know, I’m a huge fan of entrepreneurs who have gone from rags to riches in this country.  I’ve read dozens of books about this era in American history, including biographies of most of the primary and secondary characters in this series. If rock stars have their groupies, Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller have me.
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