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The history and impact of the new global economy are made clear--and compelling--in Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy. This three-part, six-hour documentary does an astonishingly thorough job of dissecting and explaining macroeconomics and their current political and social importance without ever causing a loss of consciousness for the viewer. Part 1, The Battle of Ideas, chronicles the history of economic thought from the start of the 20th century and its socialist reforms right through the deregulation of the 1980s. Part 2, The Agony of Reform, explores the upheavals that such deregulation caused, focusing primarily on economic growth and gains and touching briefly on the wrenching consequences for the poor. Part 3, The New Rules of the Game, explores the consequences of globalization, including terrorism and the contagion of market collapse. The series makes good use of both large- and small-scale examples, and features interviews with several major world leaders. There is a slight teenybopper feel to The Battle for the World's Economy's admiration for today's celebrity economists, but the contagious enthusiasm is part of what makes the series so interesting. Big ideas are made extremely accessible to the average viewer (without condescension). Well worth watching. --Ali Davis

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Daniel Yergin on creating a television series from his book
  • Q&A with Daniel Yergin and producers William Cran and Greg Barker
  • An excerpt from the companion book to the series
  • A complete list of interview subjects included in the series
  • Access to web site, including exclusive time map, comprehensive transcripts from on-camera interviews, biographies, and online teacher's guide
  • Number of discs: 3

Cast

Bill Clinton

  • Genre: Documentaries
  • Director:
  • Producer: WGBH
  • Length: 360 min
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2002
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 30, 2002
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