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Samels, Mark

Works: 62 works in 113 publications in 1 language and 12,342 library holdings
Genres: Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  History  Historical television programs  Biography  Biographical television programs  Documentary films  Personal narratives  Science television programs  Trials, litigation, etc 
Roles: Producer, fmp, Author
Classifications: PN1992.77, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Mark Samels
Eyes on the Prize : America's Civil Rights Years( Visual )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The definitive story of the Civil Rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations are felt today
Freedom summer : Mississippi. 1964.( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation could not turn away from Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation's most segregated states ... even in the face of intimidation, physical violence, and death"--Container
Stonewall uprising by Kate Davis( Visual )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. When police raided a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived
Earth days( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[This program] looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement -- from its post-war rustlings in the 1950s and the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's incendiary bestseller 'Silent Spring' to the first wildly successful 1970 Earth Day celebration and the subsequent firestorm of political action."--Container
A brilliant madness by Mark Samels( Visual )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Nash, called "the most remarkable mathematician of the second half of the century," suffered a devastating breakdown at the age of thirty. He claimed that aliens were sending him messages, became obsessed with secret numbers and saw conspiracies all around him. Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Nash spent a decade in and out of mental hospitals, surviving with the support of his wife and former colleagues. During that time, a mathematical proof he'd written at the age of twenty became a foundation of modern economics. Sometime in the 1980s, he gradually began to recover. In 1994, Nash capped his remarkable return from madness by winning the Nobel Prize. Nash's story was the inspiration for the award-winning film, A beautiful mind
The boys of '36( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1936, nine working-class boys from the University of Washington took the rowing world and the nation by storm when their eight-oar crew team captured the gold medal at the Olympics in Berlin. These sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers overcame tremendous hardships--psychological, physical, economic--to beat not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast, but Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers. The boys' unexpected victory, and the obstacles they overcame to achieve it, inspired a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Depression. The Boys of '36 recounts their remarkable journey"--Container
American experience( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most-recognized figures in American literary history: poet, patriot, and faithful advocate of democracy. But in his own time, critics denounced Walt Whitman as a "lunatic raving in pitiable delirium". This "American experience" production tells Whitman's life story, from his working class childhood in Long Island to his years as a newspaper reporter in Brooklyn when he struggled to support his impoverished family, then to his reckless pursuit of the attention and affection he craved for his work, to his death in 1892 at the age of 72
Tesla( Visual )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nikola Tesla has come to be seen by many as a tragic figure, a visionary engineer who died impoverished and largely forgotten--eclipsed by names such as Edison and Marconi. A tireless inventor who registered numerous patents and developed many working prototypes, Tesla would become most famous for his dazzling demonstrations. Audiences flocked to see him send thousands of volts of electricity pulsing through his body, dazzled by the spectacle of the inventor seemingly on fire. Even more read about his claims of receiving signals from outer space and his plans for using the earth's natural charge to distribute free electricity. Tesla the strange wizard and mad scientist overtook Tesla the brilliant engineer--the seer of the wireless world we all live in. Lost in the spectacular rise and fall was the real man, a consummate inventor and dedicated engineer. That his ideas ricocheted from tangible inventions to projections of a future with head-spinning possibilities only partly explained his downfall. Yet it was his technology that helped drive the electrical age in the 20th century, and his vision that imagined the wireless world of the 21st century. In Tesla, American Experience chronicles the life of a man whose ideas revolutionized his time, and ours"--Container
The great San Francisco earthquake by WGBH Video (Firm)( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early 1900s, San Francisco stood as a proud and flourishing symbol of America's recent conquest of the once-wild West. But on April 19, 1906, the city would experience an awesome reminder of the uncontrollable forces lying dormant just beneath the splendors of its cosmopolitan surface. Thirty times more powerful than the temblor that decimated northern California in 1989, this earthquake measured a ground-wrenching 8.3 on the Richter scale, resulting in the worst catastrophe suffered by a North American city in the twentieth century. Captured in rare, newly restored movie footage from the period and the personal accounts of eyewitnesses, The great San Francisco earthquake is a breathtaking record of nature's unimaginable might and the survivors' equally impressive determination to rebuild their city and their lives
Into the deep : America, whaling & the world( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of the American whaling industry, from its 17th-century origins in drift and shore whaling off the coast of New England and Cape Cod, through the golden age of deep ocean whaling, and on to its demise in the decades following the American Civil War
Oklahoma City( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program traces the events that led McVeigh to that day and recounts the stories of the survivors, first-responders, US Marshals, FBI investigators, and journalists who covered the events. The film provides an in-depth and provocative exploration of the white supremacist, extremist militia movement that rose to prominence in the early 1990s and still makes news today
Command and control( Visual )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film tells the story of a 1980 accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas, in minute-by-minute detail through the accounts of Air Force personnel, weapon designers, and first responders who were there, revealing the incredible chain of events that brought America to the brink of nuclear disaster
Battle of the Bulge( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

December 1944, Hitler wages one more desperate bloody attack. Hitler struck back with a brutal counterattack and the Battle of the Bulge was the single biggest and bloodiest battle U.S. soldiers have ever fought. Almost 80,000 Americans were killed, injured, or captured in an infernal test of courage and endurance that ultimately ended with a hard-won victory for the Allies. Told through the eyes of the U.S. soldiers and combat officers in the field
The battle of Chosin( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Thanksgiving Day, 1950, US Army troops pushed north through the Korean peninsula to drive North Korea's Communist army out of democratically held South Korea. Within days, they were surrounded by more than 85,000 Chinese soldiers in the mountains by the Chosin Reservoir. View the intense battle in intimate detail in this vivid narrative of combat and survival in the first major military clash of the Cold War
The Great War, 1918 by David McCullough( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary that focuses on the end of World War I through personal accounts, letters and diaries of soldiers
Guerrilla : the taking of Patty Hearst( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In today's new and scarier age of terrorism, the actions of a small collection of mixed-race, largely middle-class radical leftists fighting against the Vietnam War, racism, and other social ills in the 1970's seem emblematic of the cultural chaos of the era, nothing more. The event of 1974 occurred when a group calling themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped19-year-old newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst in Berkeley, California. The crime received nearly round-the-clock coverage, and made the SLA into counterculture superstars. There are gaps in the story but the film contains rare and long unseen newsreel footage, interviews with two SLA members, and offers a fascinating portrait of not only a kind of psychopathic idealism but also a whole era of extraordinary social turmoil
Emma Goldman by Mel Bucklin( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the story of Emma Goldman, the Russian immigrant whose activism in the name of free speech, free thought, and free love and whose virulent attacks on government, big business, and U.S. participation in the First World War earned her sainthood among the Left and, ultimately, deportation
Reagan by Adriana Bosch( Visual )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Ronald Reagan's life, with comments by contemporaries and historians
Race to the moon : the daring adventure of Apollo 8( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Take an up-close look at the most dangerous mission in the history of exploration. Recount the triumphant first manned space flight. Interviews with Apollo 8 astronauts, mission control, and journalists
A class apart( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the small town of Edna, Texas, in 1951, field hand Pete Hernández killed a tenant farmer after exchanging words in a cantina. From this murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would change the lives and legal standing of tens of millions of Americans. Tells the story of an underdog band of Mexican American lawyers who took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, where they challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans. Lawyers forged a daring legal strategy, arguing that Mexican Americans were "a class apart" from a legal system that recognized only blacks and whites
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