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The World Wars

War & Politics . Documentary . History . War

An assassination in Sarajevo sparks a global war. For the next 30 years, deadly fighting rages across Europe, Africa, China and the Pacific.Hitler. Churchill. De Gaulle. MacArthur. Patton. Stalin. Mussolini. We know them as legends. But they first learn what it will take to rise to greatness as young soldiers, fighting for their lives on the frontlines,=This is the story of a generation of men who come of age in the trenches of World War I, only to become the leaders of World War II. The lessons they learn on the frontlines shape them as they rise to power—and haunt them as the deadly fighting breaks out again. Some become heroes, forged in courage under fire. Others emerge as the most infamous villains the world has ever seen.Theirs is one story—the story of a 30-year global struggle. A fight that will either save the world—or destroy it.Narrated by two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Town), this three-night event series features gripping dramatic scenes, stunning CGI visuals and interviews with contemporary leaders, including John McCain, Colin Powell, John Major and David Miliband, along with noted historians from around the world. The World Wars is a mini-series event that takes viewers on an epic and groundbreaking ride through the bloodiest century in history.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: History
  • Alasdair Wilkins

    This impulse for larger-than-life storytelling does mean that The World Wars is terminally superficial.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    A three-part, six-hour undertaking that proves fitfully interesting despite its offputting narrative approach.

    Variety Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    The World Wars has a few annoying habits, including pared-down descriptions that can be depressingly inane.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Nobody will accuse it of being ponderous or academic. It's expensive-looking and shallow but long.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    It’s a smart, imaginatively made and unusually sweeping look at what happened to the world from Sarajevo in 1914 to Hiroshima in 1945, or as Churchill put it, “one story of a 30 years’ war.”

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ray Rahman

    The lush narrative style is alluring, but when Adolf Hitler starts to feel like a pulpy Batman villain, you'll suspect this isn't the most insightful ­account available. [30 May/6 Jun 2014, p.111]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    There is much to like and learn from the miniseries. Alas, executive producer Stephen David and his creative team seem intent on getting in their own way, cluttering up the inevitably fascinating narrative (offered here by Jeremy Renner) with all manner of clunky historical reenactments, hyperbolic characterizations and a soundtrack that should be shot for treason.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
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