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MacFadyen, Gavin

Works: 101 works in 173 publications in 2 languages and 3,262 library holdings
Genres: History  Documentary films  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction films  Nonfiction television programs  Historical television programs  Educational films  Internet videos  Music  Historical reenactments (Motion pictures) 
Roles: Narrator, Actor
Classifications: PN1997, 972.81016
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gavin MacFadyen
Dawn of the Maya by National Geographic Television & Film( Visual )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explore with National Geographic the last frontier of knowledge about the Ancient Maya as archaeologists uncover evidence of an early Maya culture more dynamic and sophisticated than ever believed
Civil War gold( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Join a team of explorers as they brave the Atlantic Ocean, on a search for the 140-year old steamship S.S. Republic, and its massive treasure of artifacts and gold and silver coins
Battlefield detectives. Battle of Monmouth( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Battle of Monmouth took place on June 28th 1778 in rural New Jersey. It was a key moment in the Revolutionary War between Great Britain and her thirteen rebellious colonies, and was the last major battle of the Revolution in the North. The battle occurred as the British General Henry Clinton was withdrawing his army from Philadelphia to New York. General George Washington set out in pursuit from his winter headquarters at Valley Forge. Outside the village of Freehold the Americans attacked the rear of the British column. The British assumed that the American Army was weak, ill-disciplined and incapable of facing up to the seasoned British regulars, thought to be the best fighting force the world had ever seen. But at Monmouth things turned out differently. Washington used his artillery so effectively that the British were pinned down and took significant casualties. Cowed by deadly American firepower the British left the field in disarray, their dead unburied. Under cover of darkness they marched wearily on towards New York and avoided a second day of fighting. We'll analyze the conditions at Monmouth, and discover exactly how and why the Americans came to hold their ground."--Publisher's web site
Battlefield detectives. Battle of Cowpens( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Battle of Cowpens was one of the most critical battles of the American Revolution. It was a signpost and it pointed directly to Yorktown where the British would finally surrender less than a year later. The Battle took place on January 17th 1781 in South Carolina. An American force led by a brilliant Revolutionary War commander called Daniel Morgan routed a British army under the command of an imperious and greatly feared young cavalry colonel called Banastre Tarleton. Tarleton, known as "Bloody Ban", was the most hated British officer in the south because of his ruthless tactics. His force was made up of seasoned British and loyalist regular troops. Morgan's professional army was small. He had to rely heavily on part-time militia troops who had a reputation for running away at the first sight of British redcoats wielding bayonets. Now historians, soil scientists, tacticians, psychologists, geographers and weapons experts have combined their disciplines to analyze this important clash between American Patriots and King George's men. Through their efforts we discover how and why Morgan's amateurs managed to totally destroy a force belonging to the world's best trained and most feared Army."--Publisher's web site
Battlefield detectives( Visual )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Battle of Oriskany was a massacre. Four hundred Patriot militiamen out of a force of eight hundred died for the loss of less than eighty Loyalists, making it the bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War. Most surprisingly, the ambushers were mainly warriors of the Seneca and Mohawk nations fighting with the British and armed with tomahawks, knives and war clubs. In this revealing episode, Battlefield Detectives analyzes the evidence, dramatically re-enacts the engagement, and discovers what made the battle so bloody and why so many militiamen had to die. Scholars and historians explain the little known story of American Indian involvement in the Revolutionary War."--Publisher's web site
Battlefield detectives. Shiloh( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the great routs, indeed one of the great shocks, of the Civil War was the Confederate defeat at Shiloh. They had chosen the battlefield; they had chosen the moment to attack; and they achieved almost total strategic and tactical surprise. Twelve hours after their surprise attack they were in a commanding position, but the next day they withdrew in disarray. For nearly 150 years Confederate failure has been blamed on the fact that they lost valuable time at the Hornet's Nest, where a detachment of Union soldiers held the line. But through forensic history Battlefield Detectives uncovers a very different story of why things went so badly for the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh."--Publisher's web site
The diamond empire( Visual )

7 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Central to the diamond's role as a romantic symbol is the belief that diamonds are one of the rarest, most precious gifts for a loved one. This documentary examines how the great myth about the scarcity of diamonds and their inflated value was created and maintained over the decades by the diamond cartel
The Diamond Empire( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This astonishing documentary investigates how an advertising slogan invented by Madison Avenue executives in 1948 has come to define our most intimate and romantic rituals and ideals. The Diamond Empire, which sent shockwaves through the transnational diamond industry when it first appeared, systematically takes apart the myth that "diamonds are forever." It exposes how one white South African family, through a process of monopoly and fantasy, managed to exert control over the global flow of diamonds and change the very way we think about courtship, marriage, and love - an achievement all the more stunning given that diamonds are in fact neither scarce nor imperishable. Zeroing in on how "the diamond empire" managed to convert something valueless into one of the most coveted commodities in history, the film provides a riveting look at how marketing and consumer culture shape not only global trade and economics, but also our very identities. MEF is delighted to be able to make this powerful educational resource available to teachers once again
The cry of jazz by Sun Ra( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[This] ... semi-documentary film was completed in 1958 in Chicago ... Long before the concept of Black Culture existed, THE CRY OF JAZZ argued that Black American life shared a structural identity with jazz. It is one of the earliest documentary films made by Black Americans ... [The film] is structured in seven parts. Parts 1, 3, 5 and 7 consist of dramatic scenes in which the significance of jazz and Black American life is discussed by an interracial cast. Sandwiched between these discussions are parts 2, 4 and 6, in which the structure, history, and future of jazz and Black American life are presented in documentary form, along with a jazz soundtrack. Most of the music is composed and performed by the late jazz great Sun Ra and his Arkestra. The music is vintage Sun Ra from his '50s Chicago years."
The Six-Day War( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On June 5, 1967, Israel launched the most successful preemptive air strike in military history against its Egyptian neighbor. Within a few hours, virtually the entire Egyptian Air Force lay in smoldering wreckage. Fighting on three fronts against the combined might of five different armies, Israel secured a stunning victory in a mere six days. How did this small territory manage to overcome an enemy that had twice as many soldiers, three times as many tanks, and four times as many airplanes? Featuring firsthand testimonies from combatants and military planners, as well as key figures in the intelligence world, this program offers insight into the meticulous preparations the Israeli military undertook in the years leading up to the infamous strike
Battle for Korea( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between 1950 and 1953, war raged in Korea. As the forces of the United Nations, led by the U.S., fought to reverse a North Korean invasion of the South, the war drew in the armed forces of 20 nations. This documentary uses archival film from China, Korea, and the Soviet Union, as well as computer-generated graphics, to detail the military strategies and tactics used during the Korean War
The battle of Big Hole( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Unlike other Indian Wars in the late 1800's, the Nez Perce War involved two very different groups with very different outlooks on land rights, civilian authority, government powers, social organization, and the responsibilities of the individuals to society. In early August, the non-treaty Nez Perce camped for several days along the North Fork of the Big Hole River. They knew they had crossed into Montana Territory, and believed they were safe from further pursuit. Just before daybreak on August 9, 1877, military forces attacked them as they rested after six weeks of conflict and flight. The Battle of the Big Hole lasted less than 36 hours, yet casualties were dreadfully high. Between 60 and 90 Nez Perce men, and children were killed, most in the initial attack on the sleeping camp. Twenty-two soldiers, a vivilian guide, five civilian volunteers were killed and 39 more were severely wounded."--Container
Battlefield( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This definitive documentary focuses on the history of America's involvement in Indochina, from the defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu to the reunification of Vietnam after the last American troops left Saigon, with footage from Vietnamese, Chinese and French combat photographers rarely seen in the West
The Last Days of World War II( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the last days of WWII with original footage of the Allied advance in Europe, the final battles, and the after-effects of peace such as the Nuremberg Trials and the beginnings of the Cold War
Last secrets of the Axis( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at Hitler's plan for Germany's conquest of Europe and the wealth of secret associations that helped him
Hillary & Tenzing : climbing to the roof of the world( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to climb to the summit of Mt. Everest. Footage of the climb, recordings, letters, diaries and interview are used to tell the tale of their lives
Battlefield( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1968, National Liberation Front guerrillas (Viet Cong) and North Vietnam Army troops launched a massive offensive against the cities and towns in South Vietnam. For three years the insurgents had been trying to wear down the South, but they now staked everything on a desperate all-out bid for victory. Although the Tet Offensive proved to be the beginning of the end for South Vietnam, it was the worst defeat suffered by the Communists in 30 years
America at war( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Last secrets of the Axis: "Behind the most nortorious men of the Nazi regime stood the little-known geography professor Karl Haushofer, who coined the term 'geopolitics, ' and whose obsession with Japan's cults and secret societies may have shaped Hitler's vision of global Aryan domination. Other Axis secrets included German and Italian support of a coup in Iraq that had the goal of establishing a Persian Gulf base for Japanese submarines"--Container
Neil Armstrong : reluctant hero( Visual )

2 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uses a combination of historical footage, firsthand accounts, and dramatic reenactments to show the story of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon who thought he "was just doing his job."
The Tet offensive( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"January 31, 1968. At the dawn of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, the early-morning quiet is shattered by explosions and the fire of automatic weapons ... Viet Cong units had simultaneously launched full-scale assaults on towns and cities across South Vietnam ... Before the Tet Offensive is over, 80,000 Viet Cong will confront South Vietnamese and American troops in an unprecendented surprise attack."--Container
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Alternative Names
Galter, Gavin Hall

Gavin MacFadyen American investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker

Gavin MacFadyen Amerikaans journalist (1940-2016)

McFadyen, Gavin