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  • Format: Box Set, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 20
  • Run Time: 63 Hours 45 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2009
  • Closed Captioning: No
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THE DECADES 20th CENTURY COLLECTION

Throughout history, every decade has its own unique identity, its touchstone moments - precise points in time that reside within history's collective memory.

This unique series of DVD collections pulls together some of the finest programs in the HISTORY™ library to bring to life the most evocative and meaningful people and events of each decade in the 20th century.

From disasters and technological marvels, to world-changing events and the personalities that caused them, the breadth of human experience is definitively and comprehensively presented as only HISTORY™ can.

THE DECADES 20th CENTURY COLLECTION includes:

1900 - 1909

The dawn of the 20th century brought with it stunning new technology - technology that would change the world - and public personalities that were larger than life.

Relive the heady days at the birth of the Modern Age, and discover its more sobering moments, with this exceptional compilation of documentaries.

  • DISC 1:
    • Murder at the Fair: The Assassination of President McKinley
    • Modern Marvels: The Panama Canal
    • BIOGRAPHY: Theodore Roosevelt: Roughrider to Rushmore
  • DISC 2:
    • Modern Marvels: The Technology of Kitty Hawk
    • Mega Disasters: The San Francisco Earthquake
    • Automobiles: The Model T

1910 - 1919

In the teens, a nation still recovering from its own growing pains was thrust onto the world stage and began its rise to the status of superpower.

In THE DECADES COLLECTION: THE 1910s you will discover the genesis of World War I and the reality of life in the trenches; walk the decks of the "unsinkable" Titanic; witness the demise of a 300-year dynasty; and experience much more of this formative decade.

  • DISC 1:
    • WWI: The Death of Glory
    • Foot Soldier: World War I
    • In Search of History: The Romanovs
  • DISC 2:
    • Titanic: 90 Years Below
    • Einstein

1920 - 1929

Following a decade of worldwide terror and deprivation, the Roaring Twenties were a swinging time of flappers, bathtub gin and high spirits.

It was an exhilarating period when we could achieve anything, from flying across oceans, to discovering the mysteries of the past, to unlocking the secrets of life itself.

  • DISC 1:
    • Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers
    • Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History
  • DISC 2:
    • BIOGRAPHY: Lucky: The Story of Charles Lindbergh
    • BIOGRAPHY: Howard Carter: Triumph and Treasure
    • In Search of History: The Monkey Trial
    • Year by Year: 1929

1930 - 1939

The 1930s brought with them events we still feel the effects of today - the Great Depression and Prohibition.

With mounting global tensions and domestic despair, colorful gangsters and public works projects, the roar of the '20s faded quickly. Experience all the highs and lows of the '30s with this sweeping DVD set.

  • DISC 1:
    • Year by Year: 1932
    • Babe Ruth: That Ever Lovin' Babe
    • Modern Marvels: The Empire State Building
    • Modern Marvels: Mt. Rushmore
  • DISC 2:
    • BIOGRAPHY: Bonnie & Clyde: The Story of Love and Death
    • BIOGRAPHY: John Dillinger: Public Enemy #1
    • Year by Year: 1937

1940 - 1949

As the '40s dawned, it was clear from the beginning that trouble lay ahead.

This sweeping DVD presentation captures the figures that steered the globe through the turbulent waters of WWII, including Churchill, Roosevelt, Gandhi, Hirohito and others. It was a decade the world would never forget.

  • DISC 1:
    • Pacific: The Lost Evidence: Pearl Harbor
    • D-Day: The Lost Evidence
    • Einstein's Letters
  • DISC 2:
    • Hirohito of Japan: The Last Banzai
    • BIOGRAPHY: Tokyo Rose: Victim of Propaganda
    • Year by Year: 1946
    • Mahatma Gandhi: Pilgrim of Peace

1950 - 1959

It was the age of hip-swingers, jet-fighters, and Ike-likers. Much of what we nostalgically revere - the foundations of our pop culture - arose in the fifties.

Explore the boom-time of the post-war decade with this DVD set - when the sky was the limit and the Cold War chilled the planet.

  • DISC 1:
    • Korea: The Forgotten War
    • Modern Marvels: Polio Vaccine
    • BIOGRAPHY: Dwight Eisenhower
  • DISC 2:
    • When America Was Rocked, Elvis 1956
    • Sputnik Mania

1960 - 1969

Depending on whom you ask, the sixties were all about love, civil rights, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, decadence, repression, or something else completely.

It was many things to many people, and was, unquestionably, a turning point in our national experience.

  • DISC 1:
    • Save Our History: Voices of Civil Rights
    • Freedom Summer
    • 1968 with Tom Brokaw
  • DISC 2:
    • Investigating History: The JFK Assassination
    • October Fury: The Cuban Missile Crisis
    • Modern Marvels: Apollo 11
    • Our Generation: Woodstock

1970 - 1979

Just outside the mesmerizing glint of the disco ball, the seventies seem like a time of madness: war raged in Southeast Asia, America's president was crooked, Olympic athletes were slain, cult members drank poisoned punch, and the Son of Sam stalked the night. It was, in retrospect, a terrifying time only slightly ameliorated by the distractions of a decadent nightlife culture and over-the-top pop icons.

Experience the "Me Decade" in this remarkable two-disc set.

  • DISC 1:
    • As It Happened: Nixon Resignation
    • Vietnam: Ringing Down the Curtain
    • Vietnam: The End Game
    • Declassified: Ayatollah Khomeini
  • DISC 2:
    • Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey
    • BIOGRAPHY: Jim Jones: Journey into Madness
    • History's Raiders: Hostage Rescue in Entebbe

1980 - 1989

The decade that gave us the "yuppie" was all about big business, big government and big changes. The balance in global dominance shifted as the superpowers - China, the USSR, the U.S., and England - realigned and either asserted themselves or faded away.

Our world changed forever during these fateful ten years, and this captivating two-disc set clarifies the major events and players that shaped our globe.

  • DISC 1:
    • BIOGRAPHY: Lech Walesa
    • Declassified: Tiananmen Square
    • Ronald Reagan: A Legacy Remembered
  • DISC 2:
    • Declassified: The Rise and Fall of the Wall
    • American Justice: John Lennon Assassination
    • BIOGRAPHY: Mikhail Gorbachev: A Man Who Changed the World
    • History's Raiders: The Falklands Campaign

1990 - 1999

Still perfectly clear in the rearview mirror, the 1990s loom just over our shoulder.

This revealing DVD collection remembers events eerily similar to those happening at the turn of the 21st century: a war in Iraq, domestic terrorism, and deadly school shootings. The set also covers the tragic death of a beloved princess and the remarkable story of the Google entrepreneurs.

  • DISC 1:
    • Conspiracy? Princess Diana
    • Desert Storm: The Ultimate War
    • Conspiracy? Oklahoma City Bombing
  • DISC 2:
    • Investigative Reports: Columbine: Understanding Why
    • Investigative Reports: Attack at Waco
    • Minute by Minute: 1993 World Trade Center Bombing
    • BIOGRAPHY: The Google Boys



Throughout history, every decade has its own unique identity, its touchstone moments - precise points in time that reside within history's collective memory.

This unique series of DVD collections pulls together some of the finest programs in the HISTORY™ library to bring to life the most evocative and meaningful people and events of each decade in the 20th century.

From disasters and technological marvels, to world-changing events and the personalities that caused them, the breadth of human experience is definitively and comprehensively presented as only HISTORY™ can.

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