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Something about the millennium makes documentarians wax nostalgic. ABC is no exception. With the rollover of the year, decade, and century, summations are in order. The Century: America's Time is one such wrap-up, albeit a mighty ambitious one. Peter Jennings narrates this look back at the last 100 years. From a strictly American point of view, the video starts at the turn of the century, with the birth of the common man, and moves all the way to present-day technology, with the computer leading the way. The presentation is divided onto six tapes. Each program tramples through a dense history with Jennings providing the transitions. Beginning with the great melting pot, a timeline of occurrences highlights each video: the invention of the automobile, the suffrage movement, both world wars, and Vietnam. The video covers the "hippie" movement, the Red Scare, and the undeniable AIDS epidemic. At times, the stories are told by American icons, including Oliver Stone and Eudora Welty. Other moments are described by photographs alone. This collection is an exercise in textbook description with little analysis assigned to the events. However, for the history buff, The Century: America's Time is a gold mine. Century: America's Time, Vol. 3 portrays America's involvement in World War II as inevitable. Focus is on the ravages of conflict and the aftermath of the global affair. The working face of the country changed when America went to war. Women assumed a leading role and the demographics changed massively. Finally, the program recounts the glory days for American men, with the return of soldiers after the war and the growth of suburban life. Now the watchdog for the world, America struggled under its new crown. Episodes included are: Century: America's Time - 1941-1945: Civilians at War, Century: America's Time - 1941-1945: Homefront, and Century: America's Time - 1946-1952: Best Years . ~ Sarah Ing, Rovi