Have you been watching the HBO mini-series, "John Adams"? Well, you should for it is an excellent story of a forgotten hero in the American Revolution and shepherding the young republic.
Just finished watching episode three where it shows Mr Adams, played by Paul Giamatti, in France with Benjamin Franklin, played by Tom Wilkenson, trying to secure France's alliance with the fledgling nation to defeat and drive out the British.
I will give none of the plot away but I will write this.
Paul Giamatti is giving the performance of his career. And Laura Linney, who plays wife Abigail Adams is also stellar. Actually, all the stars, some lesser known, are putting in a terrific performance. The sets and the settings are very realistic and a testament to maintaining a painstaking accuracy that is so missing from many historical movies of this nature. It is a great story and the credit for this being brought to life goes to historian David McCullough who wrote such masterpieces as 1776 .
It is important to bring the history of this great nation to life. Since our public schools fail to do so, it is becoming more incumbent to turn to alternative forms to teach the next generation the important people that created the United States of America.
And for those that do teach American history and do so well, when this series becomes available on DVD, they should get as many copies as possible for this is one of those rare events that can be used for teaching, along with the book, which is an epic and a lot of pages.
Bravo to HBO and to actor Tom Hanks for being one of the producers of this masterpiece.
You still have time to catch up. The latest episode will be rerun throughout the week and part four will be next Sunday at 6pm, Eastern, 9pm Pacific time http://hbo.com.
It is well worth a little over an hour on a Sunday evening to watch such a drama unfold before our eyes.