Two of my very favorite documentaries ... couple of very high achieving members of The Greatest Generation:
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, legendary producer/engineer at Atlantic Records, was obviously an immensely likeable guy, it shines through in this film. All his artists clearly loved and admired him ... from Coltrane to Clapton to Aretha to Skynyrd. During his 50+ years at Atlantic, he single-handedly pushed new Ampex multi-track recorders on reluctant studios, and he resurrected the long-abandoned recording process called 'stereo.' Interestingly, in 1945-46, before joining Atlantic, Dowd worked on the Manhattan Project right out of college, the atomic bomb. He said Oppenheimer was a real d!ck. (That was a joke).
is widely reviled for obvious reasons ... but he did save lots of lives by pioneering auto seat belts while president of Ford Motors. Many poorer nations raised their standards of living as a result of policies he instituted while president of the World Bank, and he disliked warmonger Air Force General Curtis Lemay whom he served directly under in WWII. All this, plus a couple recorded phone calls between he and LBJ, in which McNamara actually advocates (somewhat) lesser action in Vietnam in the face of Johnson demanding more, the Vietnam experience will probably seem less black and white after you see it.