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Commanding heights : the battle for the world economy

Author: William CranGreg BarkerDavid Ogden StiersChris LysaghtJeff BaynesAll authors
Publisher: [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Boston Video, [2002] ©2002
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A six-hour three-part PBS documentary series based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin, Commanding Heights takes an in-depth look at the debate over the impact of globalization, the ongoing battle of government vs. market, and the varied forces shaping our economy and future, dissecting and explaining macroeconomics and their current political and social importance.
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Genre/Form: DVD-Video discs
Documentary television programs
Nonfiction television programs
Television mini-series
Television adaptations
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
History
Named Person: Daniel Yergin; Joseph Stanislaw; Joseph Stanislaw; Daniel Yergin
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: William Cran; Greg Barker; David Ogden Stiers; Chris Lysaght; Jeff Baynes; Paul Foss, (Composer); Daniel Yergin; Joseph Stanislaw; InVision Productions,; Heights Productions,; WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.),; Lion Television Ltd.,; British Petroleum Company,; Electronic Data Systems Corporation,; FedEx Corporation,; Corporation for Public Broadcasting,; Pew Charitable Trusts,; Templeton Foundation,; WGBH Video (Firm),
ISBN: 1578079373 9781578079377 1578079381 9781578079384 157807939X 9781578079391 1578079403 9781578079407
OCLC Number: 50427119
Language Note: In English, with optional English subtitles.
Notes: Based on the book by Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw.
Originally broadcast as a three-part television mini-series on PBS in 2002.
Special features: Commanding Heights Web Site; The Commanding Heights Book Excerpt; "The Little Screen": An Article by Daniel Yergin; Q&A with Daniel Yergin and William Cran; Q&A with Daniel Yergin and Greg Barker; "PBS's 'Heights': Economic History as Riveting TV": An Article by Ken Ringle; Interviews in This Program; Biographies.
Credits: Editor, Chris Lysaght [and 3 others] ; principal photography, Jeff Baynes [and 6 others] ; music, Paul Foss.
Performer(s): Narrator: David Ogden Stiers ; interviewees: Jim Adams, Anand Panyarachun, Lord Kenneth Baker, Leszek Balcerowicz, Tony Benn, Gordon Brown, Ken Capstick, Jorge Castaneda, Barbara Castle, Domingo Cavallo, Richard Cheney, P. Chidambaram, Anatoly Chubais, Bill Clinton, Jon Corzine, Clive Crook, Lord Meghnad Desai, Hernando De Soto, Stanley Fischer, Vicente Fox, Milton Friedman, Yegor Gaidar, John Kenneth Galbraith, Richard Gephardt, Newt Gingrich, Mikhail Gorbachev, Arnold "Al" Harberger, Lord Ralph Harris, Boris Jordan, Naomi Klein, Ricardo Lagos, David Lee, Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Kuan Yew, Thea Lee, Larry Lindsey, Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad, William Mcdonough, Benjamin Mkapa, Mark Mobius, Narayana Murthy, Moises Naim, Lord Cecil Parkinson, Vladimir Potanin, Jairam Ramesh, Robert Rubin, Jeffrey Sachs, Eisuke Sakakibara, Gonzalo "Goni" Sanchez De Lozada, Nemat Shafik, Lilia Shevtsova, George Shultz, Manmohan Singh, Sirivat Voravetvuthikun, Lord Robert Skidelsky, Joseph Stanislaw, Joseph Stiglitz, Lawrence Summers, Osvaldo Sunkel, Laura Tyson, Paul Volcker, Lori Wallach, Lech Walesa, James Wolfensohn, Grigory Yavlinsky, Daniel Yergen.
Description: 3 videodiscs (approximately 360 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1; NTSC; widescreen; Dolby digital.
Contents: disc 1: The battle of ideas / produced and directed by William Cran ; written by William Cran, Daniel Yergin --
disc 2: The agony of reform / produced and directed by William Cran ; written by William Cran, Daniel Yergin --
disc 3: The new rules of the game / directed, written, and produced by Greg Barker.
Other Titles: Battle of ideas.
Agony of reform.
New rules of the game.
Commanding heights (Television program)
Responsibility: produced and directed by William Cran ; written by William Cran, Daniel Yergin ; an InVision Productions Limited Production in association with Heights Productions, Inc. and WGBH Boston, with the assistance of Lion Television Limited ; series producer, William Cran.
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A six-hour three-part PBS documentary series based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin, Commanding Heights takes an in-depth look at the debate over the impact of globalization, the ongoing battle of government vs. market, and the varied forces shaping our economy and future, dissecting and explaining macroeconomics and their current political and social importance.

Episode one: Explains how, for the last half of the 20th century, the world moved toward more governmental control of markets -- from the centrally planned economies of the communist world to the "mixed economies" of Europe and the developing world to the United States' regulated capitalism -- and then began to move away from governmental control in the 1980s and 1990s. Discuss two important economists of this era: John Maynard Keynes, who advocated government intervention to control the booms and busts of capitalist economies, and Friedrich von Hayek, who argued that government intervention in the economy would erode human freedom and was doomed to failure.

Episode two: Illustrates how economies with strict governmental control encountered serious trouble in the 1980s and how many leaders embraced the idea of "shock therapy," a rapid conversion to free-market capitalism. The program focuses in detail on how reform played out in several countries: Russia, Poland, India, Bolivia, and Chile, as they lived through the upheavals of rapid change, dealing with both the new freedoms and the new dangers of privatization, deregulation, and competition.

Episode three: Examines the promises and perils of globalization in the 1990s, focusing on the story of President Clinton's embrace of free-trade policies, the challenges the world's leaders faced in taming the virulent contagion of financial collapse in the developing world, and the strong opposition to globalization that surfaced in protests against the policies of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Covers the years from the 1992 U.S. presidential election to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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