History Buffs, You’ll Love Television’s ‘Grant’
I remember years and years ago my Dad (who would have been 100 years old this year) saying 'There's nothing on TV'. And here I am, all these years later, and what am I saying?
'There's nothing on TV'.
But at least for a little while, there is. If you're an American history buff like I am, don't miss 'Grant' on the History Channel. The first part of this 3 part event is already past, and the 2nd and 3rd parts are tonight (Tuesday 5/26) and tomorrow night. But not to worry, if I know the History Channel, they'll be re-running it plenty. And that's a good thing.
I'm not sure when I got hooked on American history, but I'm one of those guys that have waaay more books dealing with the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War Two, and other eras than I probably need. And yet here I am, over the weekend, picking up a softcover copy of 'Team of Rivals' by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Actually my 2nd copy, I lent my first copy out and never got it back. Lesson learned.) I have biographies of many of the Presidents. And along with Kearns Goodwin, I have just about everything David McCollough has put to paper.
But on TV? Eh...not much that I care for. Oh, I'm an admitted ESPN watcher, and there are a few other things I watch. But not a whole lot.
But I have to give it to the History Channel. For the most part, they do know how to air a great event. I'm not sure I'd call 'Grant' a documentary, at least not in the truest sense. And I'm usually not big on 'recreations', but they do it well for this. And the commentary from various historians and authors is top-notch.
So if you can catch it the first time around. If you can't, I'm sure it'll be On-Demand and as I mentioned, I'm thinking the History Channel will rerun it plenty.
And they should.