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McKenna, Terence

Overview
Works: 21 works in 61 publications in 1 language and 666 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  History  Biography  Documentary television programs  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Historical films  Personal narratives‡vCanadian  Interviews  Personal narratives 
Roles: Narrator, Director, Author of screenplay, Producer, Author
Classifications: E354, 973.52
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Terence McKenna
Voices from the brink : the Cuban missile crisis( Visual )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the threat of weapons of mass destruction looms, this video, made in the late '90s, becomes disturbingly relevant. The closest the world came to a nuclear war in the twentieth century was the Cuban Missile Crisis which played itself out over 13 days in October, 1962. Remarkably, the behind-the-scenes debates were unobtrusively recorded on tape; these were not de-classified until the late 90s. In this film, we hear on tape President John F. Kennedy and the people around him preparing to confront the Soviet Union in Cuba, in the episode considered the climax of the Cold War. The tapes demonstrate how Kennedy stood up to relentless pressure to go to war. His own generals, congressmen and friends warned him that appeasement could lead to disaster; he must not appear cowardly. The issue of pre-emptive strike was considered. In the film, Robert McNamara, the former U.S. Defense Secretary and Gen. Maxwell Taylor, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, urge an attack on Cuba with the goal of destroying the Russian missiles. Opposing them are Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Assistant Secretary of State George Ball, who felt that a surprise air strike would be a terrible political error. Sergei Khrushchev, the son of the Soviet premier, recalls his father¹s shock at learning his military had, without authorization, shot down an American U-2. For all the calmness displayed on these tapes by the President and his key advisors, we now know that some of their calculations were shockingly mistaken. They had no idea of the dangers the country was really facing. The world was much closer to nuclear war than anyone knew
War of 1812 : a 4-part documentary series( Visual )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War of 1812 is a four-part documentary series that brings to life an extraordinary, but not well understood conflict that decided the fate of North America, confirmed the creation of Canada, and annihilated for all time the dream of an independent Native nation
Fidel Castro : the life and times : a life of revolution( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of Fidel Castro's life and times, taken largely from private letters, correspondence, speeches and interviews. Also includes a debate about Castro's legacy
2012, time for change( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an optimistic alternative to apocalyptic doom and gloom. Follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method
Black October( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using archival footage and dramatic re-creations the film recounts the events in Quebec in the autumn of 1970 that envoked the War Measures Act. Includes interviews with key figures of the October Crisis such as James Cross, Pierre Trudeau, and members of the FLQ, who participated in the kidnappings of Pierre Laporte and James Cross
Fidel Castro--a life of revolution( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film presents an account of Fidel Castro's life taken largely from private letters, speeches, and interviews. Starting with his childhood, the film follows Castro's path from child of privilege to revolutionary leader of 20th century Cuba
Pierre Elliott Trudeau, memoirs = Pierre Elliott Trudeau, mémoires( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents one of the most striking, well-spoken, and controversial leaders in Canadian history. Through hours of archival footage and interviews with Trudeau himself, it details the story of a man who used intelligence and charisma to bring together a country that was very nearly torn apart
When I meet my doom( Visual )

6 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recreates the events leading to the War of 1812, and the first battles of the war. The war was declared by the United States against Great Britain, the prize to be Canada, and control of North America. The planning and strategy of General Isaac Brock, and his alliance with the Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, brought about the capture of Fort Mackinac, the defeat of General Hull at Detroit, and victory in the battle at Queenston Heights, the battle in which Brock was killed
War of 1812( Visual )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the War of 1812
The Rocket's red glare( Visual )

5 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The British war with Napoleon has been won, and 10,000 of Britain's best soldiers are sailing for North America. A British army invades the United States heading straight for the Capitol. The Secretary of War bungles the defense of Washington, leaving the British free to torch the Capitol building and the White House. The United States recovers and fights a brilliant defense of the strategic port of Baltimore; an event that gives birth to the Star-Spangled Banner. After the British are defeated in what should have been a sure victory at Lake Champlain and Plattsburgh, it becomes obvious that both sides are weary of war. With Britain eager for a truce and the United States almost bankrupt the two countries sign the Treaty of Ghent in 1814. Their treaty ends all hope of a First Nationals territory; however, the news of peace does not arrive in time to stop the catastrophic battle at New Orleans
The Valour and the horror by Terence K McKenna( Visual )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines Canada's contribution during the Second World War from a critical viewpoint, with the theme that the lives of Canadian soldiers and airmen were unnecessarily sacrificed
Or leave our bones upon them( Visual )

5 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers the events of the war through October 1813. Focuses on the role of Tecumseh, the Shawnee chief who brought native tribes from as far south as Georgia to fight for the British, and the leadership and tactics of General William Henry Harrison, later President of the United States. Recreates the battle of Raisin River, the seige of Fort Meigs, Ohio, and the naval battle of Lake Erie, when Americans won control of the lake. In the later battle on the Thames River, Tecumseh is killed, mourned and respected by all sides
So awful a night( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antiwar sentiment in the United States had been strong since 1812, especially in the New England states, dependent on trade with Britain and Canada, now forbidden. By 1814, New England was threatening to secede. 1813 brought the American forces no victories, but in 1814, the tide seemed to turn. At the battle of Chippewa, American forces fought like regulars, and the British broke and fled. At Lundy's Lane, however, both sides fought to a standstill, with great losses, and the Americans withdrew again
The Bush Years( Visual )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A retrospective look at U.S. President George W. Bush, arguably one of the most controversial public figures of recent memory. Goes behind the scenes with George W. Bush to detail decisive moments and critical decisions that affected his country and the world. Former members of the administration, players in the intelligence community, and analysts discuss these events and their ultimate consequences. Interviews include former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, former State Department Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson, former Assistant Secretary of Defense Douglas Feith, former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, former CIA Agents Valerie Plame-Wilson and Gary Schroen, and the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy. Analysts include Ron Suskind of the Wall Street Journal, Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News, Bush biographer Robert Draper and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz
Korea : the unfinished war( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This film documents a war where neither side was victorious, a struggle that came very close to thermonuclear war, and that still resonates in the geopolitical machinations between East and West ... combines archival footage, first person accounts with soldiers and civilians on both sides, and direct quotes from Truman, MacArthur, Mao and Stalin, clearly showing their roles in the conflict."--Container
The alchemical dream : rebirth of the great work( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Takes us on a journey into the alchemical renaissance of King Frederick V and his wife Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia
Jean Chrétien( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After 40 years in public life, a decade as prime minister and three consecutive majority governments, this special program takes a look at the life and career of the Prime Minister as he prepares to leave 24 Sussex Drive. The documentary follows the trajectory of Chrétien's career, from his days as one of Canada's youngest MPs, through many cabinet portfolios and finally, to the highest office in the land. Also chronicled are his many political battles -- negotiating a new constitutional deal, fighting separatism, standing up to George W. Bush on Iraq -- and the toll they've taken. When the country was facing disintegration during the 1995 Quebec Referendum, Chrétien broke down and wept at a meeting with his Liberal caucus; he feared he had waited too long to champion the federalist cause. The program is a fascinating, unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at Chrétien's 40-year career in public life."--CBC website
A web of war( Visual )

3 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three Canadians return to Europe to relive their wartime experience: veteran Canadian officer Pierre Sevigny, who received Poland's highest military decoration; Michael Gutowski, a Polish cavalry officer who went on to found Canada's Olympic equestrian team, and Irena Bellert, a member of the Polish underground and today a linguistics professor at McGill University. They recall the Warsaw uprising, the Normandy campaign and the liberation of the Oberlangen concentration camp. Uses archival footage, interviews and reenactments to recall the shared military history of Canada and Poland
Pierre Elliott Trudeau, memoirs. Pierre Elliott Trudeau, mémoires( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Documents one of the most striking, well-spoken, and controversial leaders in Canadian history. Through hours of archival footage and interviews with Trudeau himself, it details the story of a man who used intelligence and charisma to bring together a country that was very nearly torn apart
Pierre Elliott Trudeau, memoirs. Pierre Elliott Trudeau, mémoires( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Documents one of the most striking, well-spoken, and controversial leaders in Canadian history. Through hours of archival footage and interviews with Trudeau himself, it details the story of a man who used intelligence and charisma to bring together a country that was very nearly torn apart
 
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Fidel Castro : the life and times : a life of revolution
Alternative Names
McKenna, Terrence

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