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102 Minutes That Changed America History Specials 1:38:22   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     A new historical record is emerging of the sights and sounds of the attack on the World Trade Center. This two-hour special will distinguish itself from other 9/11 documentaries by using only unique and rarely seen and heard archive to document the 102 minutes between the first attack on the World Trade Center to the collapse of the second tower. This will be a lasting document whose unique material comes from a range of non-traditional sources, including amateur photography, video, and film; FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority and emergency dispatch radio recordings, photography and video; recorded voicemails; audio/video diaries; footage and stills broadcast or published outside the United States; electronic messages; surveillance camera footage; and "outtakes" culled from raw network footage. Details
1968 With Tom Brokaw History Specials 1:30:35   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     In 1968, the fury and violence of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago propelled us toward a tipping point in politics. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated, America suffered its bloodiest year in Vietnam and drugs seduced us. Yet idealism--and hope--flourished. Explore the significance of that turbulent year and the way it continues to affect the American landscape. Tom Brokaw offers his perspective on the era and shares the rich personal odysseys of some of the people who lived through that chaotic time, along with the stories of younger people now experiencing its aftershocks. Includes archival footage and interviews with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, who was talking to King when he was assassinated and rushed to his side to try to staunch the wound; Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson, who wrestled RFKs' assassin to the ground; and Arlo Guthrie, best known for his song "Alice's Restaurant. Details
A Global Warning? History Specials 1:30:23   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Climate experts from around the world investigate history's most dramatic climatic events in this no-holds-barred look at global warming and its consequences. The History Channel digs deep (two miles down deep!) into the history of the climate on earth to reveal what happened in the past and how it may affect our future. Details
Absolute Evel - The Evel Knievel Story History Specials 1:26:41   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     His life story reads like a soap opera script. Born Robert Craig Knievel, this wild, young man from the rough mining town of Butte, Montana dreamed of becoming rich and famous. After years of struggle, Bobbie's alter ego Evel Knievel became the world's most famous daredevil. His exploits are legendary and it's unlikely his accomplishments--or notoriety--will ever be duplicated. Now, he's paying a high price for the life he led. He lives in constant pain from the incredible abuse his body suffered during his daredevil days. As he enters the twilight of life, this 2-hour special may be his last chance at a public forum. He's a man who is outspoken, outrageous, at times hilarious, but always fascinating. From humble beginnings in Butte to iconic status and everything in between, Evel candidly shares every aspect of his life. The aging daredevil reflects on his incredible experiences and how he would like to be remembered. Details
Albert Einstein History Specials 1:29:45   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Although Einstein's greatest work was accomplished in 1905 when he thought up his theories of relativity and special relativity, it was 14 years before his "outside the box" principles were proven. Until then, he was ridiculed, challenged and had difficulty getting a prestigious job. Then, in 1911, Einstein figured out a way to test his theories. If he were correct, then a startling thing should happen during a solar eclipse -- the sun's rays should bend around the moon and the stars should appear to jump to a different location. Thus began a race to photograph a solar eclipse and verify the accuracy of his calculations. This didn't happen until two months after the second eclipse in 1919. The twists and turns of what happened in between these two eclipses is a great story that ends with Einstein becoming an "instant" celebrity -- at long last. We will also bring the history into "now" by talking to one or two scientists who are trying to "bend it like Einstein," people who are challenging his theories today. Details
All About Dung History Specials 1:30:22   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Join host Monty Halls as he takes viewers on an excremental safari to investigate the historical, medical, scientific and evolutionary importance of dung. Discover that through a 14,000-year-old human dung deposit it has been determined that humans inhabited North America 1300 years earlier than previously thought. Climb a 100-foot mountain of bat guano in Borneo that is teeming with insect life. Travel to India and view housewarming rituals using sacred cow dung as good luck. Finally Halls drinks coffee made from poop and investigates, through their large droppings, why mammoths might have disappeared. Details
Ancient Aliens History Specials 1:30:32   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Is it possible that intelligent life forms visited Earth thousands of years ago, bringing with them technology that drastically affected the course of history and man's own development? Ancient Aliens seeks out and evaluates evidence old and new as part of a balanced investigation into a theory some believe cannot be true, but many agree cannot be ignored. Details
Ancient Ink History Specials 1:26:24   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Tattoos are more desirable than ever but do you know who created the first tattoo or why monks in Thailand "sling ink" so their clients can have great sex? Travel the world to discover how tattooing has changed over the centuries and the many methods of tattooing that exist in the world today. Visit with Maori aborigines, who practice "carving" skin the old way, find out about getting "cut & scarred" in the underground vampire cult clubs of New York and learn about the latest and very profitable trend--people selling their flesh for advertising to the highest bidder on EBay. Details
Andrew Jackson History Specials 1:29:34   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Andrew Jackson was the first "common-man" President. Orphaned at 14, he became a lawyer with no formal education, an Army General with no military experience and President without being rich. Jackson survived the nation's first Presidential assassination attempt, defeated the British in the battle of New Orleans and passed the controversial Indian Removal Act which resulted in the death of nearly 10,000 Native Americans. His portrait on the $20 bill conveys an image of passion, strength and confidence, but most historians will admit that he was often a "cruel" man. Details
Beltway Unbuckled History Specials 1:29:54   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Beltway Unbuckled explores the fascinating ways sexual politics have impacted and created American history. Viewers get a serious but highly entertaining look at how the sex and gender of our leaders have affected the lives of millions of people and shaped the country we live in today. Details
Beyond the Da Vinci Code History Specials 1:29:21   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Is it the greatest story ever told--or the greatest story ever sold? A best-selling novel sparks a debate that could change Christianity forever. Were Jesus and Mary Magdalene married and co-leaders of their movement? Was Mary Magdalene, herself, the Holy Grail--the vessel said to hold Jesus's blood--and mother of his descendants? Did the early Church know this "truth" and deliberately mislead followers? Is there a secret, ancient society, the Priory of Sion, which still protects this bloodline? Have some of the most illustrious names in art and science been members? We examine both sides of the story--the conventional view of Christianity and the "alternate history" proposed by Brown--so that viewers can decide. Details
Black Blizzard History Specials 1:30:16   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Apocalyptic dust storms once blackened American skies, causing destruction, disease and financial ruin on an unimaginable scale. Hear the riveting story of one of the greatest environmental disasters in U.S. history, a storm that turned the once-fertile Great Plains into a wasteland known as the Dust Bowl. Details
Breaking Vegas History Specials 1:30:12   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     They were "Whales"--the highest of high rollers. Treated like royalty by casinos worldwide, they won millions throughout the early to mid-1990s. And nobody had a clue that they were MIT students, part of an underground blackjack team--card counters who used mathematical wizardry to win. In this 2-hour special, we chronicle the true story of the rise and fall of the MIT Blackjack Team, featuring interviews with Ben Mezrich, author of Bringing Down the House, casino executives, security experts, and actual members of the team. Details
China's First Emperor History Specials 2:16:48   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     He would become an emperor more powerful than Napoleon, capture more territory than Alexander the Great and create the largest army the world has ever seen. In 240 B.C. Chin Shi Huang Di, ruler of the Qin Kingdom, rose to power, defeated six states and created an empire that would lay the groundwork for modern day China. Learn about the life and times of this unique leader and see what still remains of the Qin Dynasty today--from the Great Wall of China to the army of 8,000 life-sized terracotta warriors and horses that guard his empire in the afterlife. Details
Clash of the Cavemen History Specials 1:30:32   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     25,000 B.C. In Europe, arctic glaciers reach as far south as London. Massive predators are on the prowl. Across the continent, two species of primitive man struggle to survive. The Neanderthals are natural hunters, built for brute strength and well-adapted to the cold. However, they lack the understanding of technology and ability to speak in abstract terms that our species has. The Cro-Magnon, Homo sapiens are smarter but more fragile. With exciting new research in anthropology, archaeology and genetics, follow these early humans through a season of survival. Details
Columbus: The Lost Voyage History Specials 1:30:58   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Ten years after his famous 1492 voyage, Christopher Columbus awaited the gallows on criminal charges in a Caribbean prison. He plotted an escape--a last voyage that would restore his reputation. This last and most treacherous journey ended with the loss of all four of his ships and Columbus and his crew shipwrecked. Viewers will take a journey, through dramatic reconstruction, to the very heart of Columbus's ordeals: the lush shores of Central America; the remote beach in Jamaica where his ships washed up and the jungle where Columbus fought his own mutineers. Included are interviews with historian and explorer Martin Dugard, and with experts from the US, the Dominican Republic and the UK. Details
Comets History Specials 1:30:21   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Comets--these celestial travelers have forever filled us with fear and wonder. Lurking in the furthest reaches of our solar system, they come close to Earth as they orbit our Sun. Could something as destructive as comets hold the key to life? Are the building blocks of carbon-based life forms frozen inside? Might they contain information about the creation of our solar system? At the conclusion of two spectacular NASA missions that sent spaceships to rendezvous with these mysterious objects, we examine the scientific and historical record of comets, including man's reaction to them. Did a comet lead the Wise Men to Bethlehem? Did they foretell the death of kings, the destruction of civilizations? How did Halley's Comet provide Isaac Newton with the clues for his theories of gravity? Finally, what comprises this "dirty snowball" and how can we protect ourselves if headed on a collision-course with one? Details
Crucifixion History Specials 1:27:12   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Throughout history, crucifixion has been one of the cruelest and most excruciating ways to die. Approximately 500 years before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Persian King Darius crucified political opponents and both Alexander the Great and Caligula used crucifixion as a means of punishment and entertainment. Watch as a team of forensic experts reconstruct a 2000-year-old body using the only physical evidence of a crucifixion ever discovered. Modern day footage will show real crucifixions that take place in the Philippines. Recreations will be used along with extensive CGI animation and CSI forensic-style graphics to illustrate the different types of crucifixion techniques throughout history and how it eventually kills its victim. Details
First Apocalypse History Specials 1:26:38   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Sixty five million years ago dinosaurs were wiped off the face of the planet, a fate that many believe was thousands of years in the making. Are humans doomed to follow in their footsteps or can we face down extinction? What can we learn from the dinosaurs' fall from grace? Find out in First Apocalypse. Details
First Mothers History Specials 1:28:18   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     They are the mothers of the most powerful men in America. But have their relationships with their sons affected U.S. policy? This feature-length special, based on the book First Mothers by Time Magazine correspondent Bonnie Angelo, explores the effect the mother-son relationship may have had on politics and presidential decisions. Details
God vs. Satan History Specials 1:30:31   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Armageddon. It is a universal theme that has spanned centuries and cultures, and has, as some say, become increasingly more relevant today. Surprisingly, however, a final chapter of this apocalyptic end has received little examination: the actual final battle between God and Satan, good and evil. The Bible points to a battlefield at Meggido in present day Israel, with each side taking a series of steps that will lead up to, and unfold, during this actual battle. What will this battle look like? Where do the stories come from, and how have they differed throughout history, between religions? God vs. Satan: The Final Battle will take viewers on a tour of the final days, and moments, as envisioned by believers of the three Abrahamic religions. Intriguingly, the ancient accounts all build on one another. Jewish beliefs about the end times are based on scripture found in the Talmud and the book of Isaiah. Christianity relies heavily on scriptures in Isaiah and adds the book of Revelation. Muslims build on Judeo-Christian tradition and find additional inspiration in the Koran and the Sunnah. This program will examine where they differ from one another and where they converge. And we'll watch as they culminate in an epic battle that will, as the texts say, usher in the end of the world as we know it. Details
History of the Joke History Specials 1:30:31   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Join famed comedian Lewis Black as he travels from the comedy capitals of New York to L.A. on a hilarious quest to find the secret ingredients of a great joke. In this 2-hour special, Black looks to history in an effort to uncover where jokes came from, and reveal what it takes to tell the perfect one. Details
How Life Began History Specials 1:30:34   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Billions of years before man, billions of years before dinosaurs, Earth was teeming with life. Single-celled organisms made a roiling soup of our oceans, and living creatures were crawling in our very soil. Where did it come from? What is life, exactly? How Life Began explores the earliest history of life on Earth and beyond. Details
How the Earth Was Made History Specials 1:30:37   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     From a once seething, hellish mass of molten rock to the world that inhabits life today, take a rollercoaster ride through the entire history of Planet Earth. Its 4.5 billion year epic, a story of unimaginable timescales, earth-shattering forces, incredible life forms, radical climates and mass extinctions. Discover how the continents were formed, canyons were carved, and why the world's animals live where they do. Details
Inside Islam History Specials 1:33:08   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     This comprehensive look at Islam is an objective introduction to a widely misunderstood religion. Interviews with Islamic scholars and theologians highlight this important, illuminating look at a religion mired in controversy. Details
Journey to 10,000 BC History Specials 1:30:01   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     As climatic fluctuations ushered in the endless winters of a new ice age, saber-tooth cats, giant sloths and other food sources mysteriously died off. What caused these sudden changes, and how did man survive? Go back in time to 10,000 BC on a thrilling forensic search for answers. Details
King History Specials 1:30:35   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Tom Brokaw brings to life the epic story of one of the most important figures in history. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., relive his remarkable journey for civil rights starting from the moment he reluctantly joined the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. See his rise as a world figure, to his tragic death in Memphis at age 39. Interviews with Andrew Young, Harry Belafonte and Martin Luther King lll will be included. Celebrity activists such as Bono, Be Be Winans and Forest Whitaker will appear in a montage of music and historical speeches that add a contemporary flair to this historical program. Details
Last Stand of the 300 History Specials 1:30:29   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     After Custer, Thermopylae is the most famous last stand in history. In a narrow pass in Northern Greece, seven thousand Greek soldiers await an onslaught of epic proportions. They will soon face the largest fighting force ever assembled--the war machine of the mighty Persian Empire, estimated at over a million men. The Greeks are led by three hundred of the most ferocious warriors of the ancient world--the Spartans. Their leader is the fearless King Leonidas, who after this battle would be catapulted into legend. When it is over, every Spartan in the pass will have sacrificed his life for freedom. Creating a fresh visual style and using new technologies we will dramatically recreate the significant events that lead to Thermopylae and the clash of arms. Details
Life After People History Specials 1:28:33   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Explore the tantalizing question of whether all the remnants of mankind will eventually disappear from our planet. What would happen to the earth if humans ceased to exist? Would ocean life flourish, the buffalo return to the Great Plains and our skyscrapers yield to the wear and tear of time. Visit the ghostly villages surrounding Chernobyl, which were abandoned by humans after the nuclear disaster in 1986 and then travel to the remote islands off the coast of Maine to search for traces of abandoned towns that have vanished from view in only a few decades. Learn from experts in the fields of engineering, botany, ecology, biology, geology, climatology and archeology as they provide answers for many thought provoking questions. Details
Lost Book of Nostradamus History Specials 1:33:14   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     In 1994, Italian journalist Enza Massa was at the Italian National Library in Rome when she stumbled upon an unusual find. It was a manuscript dating to 1629, titled: Nostradamus Vatinicia Code. Michel de Notredame, the author's name, was on the inside in indelible ink. The book contains cryptic and bizarre images along with over eighty watercolor paintings by the master visionary himself. Follow the investigative trail of how the manuscript was found in the archives and exactly how it got there. New insight is given into the life of Nostradamus and his relationship with Pope Urban VIII, who knew about this manuscript and in whose possession it was for many years. Details
Nostradamus 2012 History Specials 1:30:39   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     The HISTORY special The Lost Book of Nostradamus culminated in a terrifying message: In 2012, a rare and possibly Earth-shattering astrological alignment is due to occur that may precipitate a cataclysmic event. Nostradamus 2012 offers a detailed investigation of this chilling prophecy. Will 2012 be a year of unprecedented upheaval? Details
Prehistoric Monsters Revealed History Specials 1:30:38   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Watch as HISTORY brings back to life the most bizarre and horrifying of ancient beasts, including the nothronychus (a strange mixture of bird and sloth), and the anomalocarus (a 7-foot-long shrimp), and pieces together how these creatures looked, how they lived, and why they died. Details
Primal Fear History Specials 1:29:32   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Primal Fear will be a two-hour Special detailing our most pervasive and terrifying fears. Each fear -- buried alive, eaten alive, drowning, burned alive, vermin, and the unknown - will be explored by looking at its history, the science behind it, and a contemporary experience. The history will examine the roots of each fear, when the fear flourished, how the fear has changed over time, and how the fear has been manipulated to create mass hysteria; the science -- experts supported by CGI describe how the body reacts to each fear and the physiological cause of death; and the contemporary -- survivors' stories relating what a near-death experience was like. Doctors, historians, psychologists and scientists will give us perspective on our most primal fears. Details
Quest for the Lost Ark History Specials 1:30:22   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     The existence and location of the Ark of the Covenant has remained one of the most enduring mysteries in archaeology. Professor Tudor Parfitt from London's School of Oriental and African Studies will reveal where he believes the Ark is. Parfitt is well-known for discovering that the Lemba tribe in Zimbabwe is one of the lost tribes of Israel. Follow this global quest-detective as he decodes ancient texts and pieces together clues. Ultimately he builds a picture of what he thinks the Ark looks like and where it is. The journey takes viewers through Israelite wars, Philistine shrines, Solomon's Temple and Africa to the final, critical clue which led Parfitt to its current location. Details
Secret Access: Air Force One History Specials 44:47   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Viewers will go where only the most elite insiders from the highest levels of the US government are allowed--on board Air Force One. Discover what makes this uniquely modified Boeing 747 faster, more secure, more comfortable and more capable than any other comparable plane. Take a 20,000-mile voyage through the heart of Africa and join the crew and privileged passengers on one of Air Force One's most challenging missions. Details
Secrets of Body Language History Specials 1:30:11   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Delve into the science of non-verbal signals as this very visual and highly entertaining exposé reveals the hidden language in which 93% of human communication takes place, and see how its subtle movements have worked both for and against politicians, entertainers and criminals throughout history. Details
Secrets of Kabbalah History Specials 45:01   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     An ancient strain of Jewish mysticism or the latest celebrity craze, which is the true Kabbalah and what's really behind its teachings?gain rare insight into one of the world's most opaque, albeit popular, strains of spirituality. Followers believe that by studying Kabbalah, one has the potential to understand God, the soul, the structure of the universe, the afterlife, and even the meaning of human existence. Details
Secrets of the Koran History Specials 1:30:20   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Trace the history of the holy book's verses and see how it has been interpreted over the centuries. Details
Seven Signs of the Apocalypse History Specials 1:28:16   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Are there real, verifiable connections between the prophecies of the past and what is happening in the world today? Are the signs of the apocalypse happening before our eyes? In this fascinating special, History decodes the ancient prophecy of a coming apocalypse and questions: Could it happen today? Details
Sherman's March History Specials 1:30:42   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Known affectionately as "Uncle Billy" by Union soldiers, but reviled in the South as a brutal war criminal, General William Tecumseh Sherman is one of the truly enigmatic and complex figures in the American pantheon. His legacy was built during a five-week campaign of terror and destruction that would become known as "total war". Sherman ordered his troops to burn crops, kill livestock, destroy railroads, pilfer food supplies and to make sure the South's civilian infrastructure was shattered. Although the concept had been around for centuries, this is the first time in modern warfare that total war was used to such an extensive degree. First Savannah was captured, and then he marched from Georgia through South Carolina and burned the capital to the ground. On the heels of Sherman's destructive onslaughts, the Confederacy officially conceded victory to the Union on April 9, 1865. Details
Sputnik Mania History Specials 1:26:56   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     October 4, 2007 is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the first man-made object ever to leave the atmosphere and successfully orbit the earth. By the end of that year, nothing was the same. Sputnik spurred us into an arms and space race, and forced the US to pull together an academic army of scientists and engineers. This led to the development of NASA, massive reforms in our education system, and the discoveries that enabled many of the consumer technologies on which we depend today. Sputnik Mania tells the satellite's story from America's point of view. Like today, 1957 was a time of fear. In place of Al Qaeda, dirty bombs, and the war in Iraq, there were the Soviets, hydrogen bombs, and the Cold War. The world's two superpowers were hell-bent on beating one another by any means necessary. The film leads us through the first year following the launch of Sputnik. Paralleling the shocks we felt in the aftermaths of Pearl Harbor and September 11, Sputnik Mania sings the uncannily prophetic song of the past to the tune of the present. It tells a story of great relevance to the issues of the 21st century. As the film's epilogue asks: what will be our next "Sputnik moment" -- the event that drives us to address these and other challenges? Details
Stealing Lincoln's Body History Specials 1:30:34   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Before Lincoln finally came to rest in a steel-and-concrete-reinforced underground vault in Springfield, the President's body was repeatedly exhumed and moved, his coffin frequently opened. In 1876, eleven years after Abraham Lincoln's assassination, a band of Chicago counterfeiters plotted to steal Lincoln's body and hold it for ransom. Their plan was to demand $200,000 and the release of the gang's master engraver, who was in prison in Illinois. The Secret Service--recently formed to deal with the country's ballooning counterfeiting problem--infiltrated the gang with an informer. It also set in motion a cringe-inducing chain of events in which a group of well-intentioned, self-appointed guardians took it upon themselves to protect Lincoln's remains by any means necessary. This strange story of Lincoln at un-rest reveals how important this man was to so many, and perhaps our reluctance to let such a beloved and visionary leader go. Details
The Bielski Brothers History Specials 45:10   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     New episode. Living in the Soviet Republic of Belorussia during World War II, Tuvia, Asael and Zus Bielski saved more than twelve-hundred of their fellow Jews from perishing in the Holocaust, yet their story has largely gone untold. The Bielski's built an elaborate village in the woods, from which they rescued Jews and mounted guerilla attacks against the Nazis. Their forest haven included a gun workshop, a bakery, a synagogue, a communal bath and even a theater company. Containing interviews with Bielski Brigade survivors in the United States, Israel and Great Britain, we proudly pay tribute to three of the greatest unsung heroes of the Holocaust. Details
The Brain History Specials 1:30:37   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     The Brain is a voyage of discovery into the evolutionary history of our last biological frontier. From early civilizations' attempts at neurosurgery to today's robotic laser surgery, revolutionary new techniques are finally unlocking the story of the brain. As a result we've learned more in the last 5 years than in the past 100. Using simple analogies, real examples, and state of the art CGI this series will explain how the brain grows, show why it's so delicate and so resilient, and unravel the mystery of consciousness. We'll see life through the eyes of living case studies, from newborns to college football stars. And we'll travel inside the minds of people in extreme situations: How does a soldier make decisions under fire? What makes us good or evil? And why do autistic people like the "Rain Man" display such breathtaking skills? Details
The Crusades: Crescent & The Cross, Pt. 1 History Specials 1:29:48   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     The shadow of war between Christian and Muslim hangs over us today, but it is a war that began nearly a thousand years ago. By the close of the 11th century, Jerusalem had been in Muslim hands for over 400 years. In 1095 Pope Urban II launched an unprecedented military campaign to seize it back--a "Crusade" to purge the Holy Land of "the infidel". Over 60,000 Christian warriors would journey 3000 miles and for almost three years to reclaim the Holy City in the name of God. But their adversaries, the Turkish warlords of the Middle East would resist them every step of the way. In a series of epic battles and bloody massacres, tens of thousands would die as the crusaders inched ever closer towards Jerusalem. Details
The Crusades: Crescent & The Cross, Pt. 2 History Specials 1:31:09   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     In 1099 the Crusaders took Jerusalem in the bloodiest of battles, wrenching it back from the Muslims for the first time in 400 years. But, over the decades that followed, the Islamic world dreamed of fighting back. In 1144 the Muslims seized the city of Edessa from the Christians. The news reverberated back to Europe, and the Pope called for a Second Crusade. But this Crusade was a disaster. It failed to expand the Christian empire, and strengthened the resolve of the Muslims. Under their great leader, Saladin, the Muslim swept through the Christian Kingdom taking town after town. In 1187 he took Jerusalem. This shocked the west into responding, with a Third Crusade. Led by Richard the Lionheart they defeated Saladin and marched on Jerusalem. Richard failed to take the city and the Third Crusade failed. Details
The Dark Ages History Specials 1:30:42   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     The Roman Empire, rotten to the core by the fifth century, lay open to barbarian warriors. Europe was beset by famine, plague, persecutions, and a state of war that was so persistent it was only rarely interrupted by peace. These centuries are remembered today as the Dark Ages. Beneath this cloak of darkness were people like Charlemagne, St. Benedict and the Empress Theodora who helped to bridge the gap of civilization between Rome and the Renaissance. Ultimately, these points of light would illuminate the darkness, and Western Europe would rise from the Dark Ages to a level of cultural and political power unseen for a thousand years. Details
The Exodus Decoded History Specials 1:33:02   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     A story for the ages, the Exodus invokes a sweeping saga of Pharaohs, Israelites, miracles, and destiny. Following extensive excavations in the Nile Delta, the true timeline of events has recently been firmly established at last. The Exodus Decoded applies these new findings to a re-examination of long ignored archeological artifacts and texts revealing the names of people and places long unknown to researchers. Details
The French Revolution History Specials 1:30:12   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     18th-century France was the world's wealthiest nation with the most powerful king, best-educated population, and strongest army in Europe. But it also boasted an exploding national debt (partly due to the King's support of the American Revolution) and an increasingly restless middle and lower class. On July 14, 1789, the festering boil of discontent erupted when a ragtag mob of Parisians stormed the Bastille, seizing arms and gunpowder and instituting a decade of revolutionary ideals and a murderous cycle of carnage. The French Revolution shook the very foundations of monarchy, destroyed the last vestiges of feudalism, and planted the seeds of modern politics, diplomacy, and nationalism. Travel back to the heady days of the guillotine and meet the rebels and rebelled against, including Marie-Antoinette, Louis XVI, Maximilien Robespierre, Jean-Paul Marat, Georges Danton, and Charlotte Corday. Details
The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth History Specials 1:30:13   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     It was the largest manhunt in history - ten thousand federal troops, detectives and police hunted those responsible for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The conspiracy was vast - an effort to decapitate the United States government at the end of the Civil War. The manhunt was intense - ending 12 days later in a fiery showdown with the man who pulled the trigger - John Wilkes Booth. Details
The Lost Pyramid History Specials 1:30:32   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     On the edge of the Giza Plateau, a team of archaeologists is uncovering a giant pyramid. As they excavate deep into the pyramid chambers, evidence shows this is the lost fourth pyramid of Giza. Its construction five thousand years ago had been a race against time. In seven short years between gaining power and his death, the aging pharaoh Radjedef had been determined to exceed the achievements of his hated father, the great Khufu, the most powerful pharaoh Egypt ever knew. Radjedef would stamp his supremacy in this world and the next by erecting the highest pyramid ever built, towering some 60 feet above Khufu's Great Pyramid of Giza. Details
The Plague History Specials 1:30:23   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     It began like the common cold. Then fever, baseball-sized black swellings on the neck, coughing of blood. Few lived more than two days. The year--1347. It was history's worst biological disaster and almost half of Europe's population died within three years. Visit the plague ships' rat-infested holds, witness the terror that swept through the towns, and walk with the religious flagellants. Follow a princess as she travels into the center of the plague, a doctor who struggles to understand what is happening, and a Jewish merchant caught up in violent attacks. Hear the actual words of the victims, taken from diaries and journals. From the Pope's palace to the humble huts of medieval peasants, watch as people live and die in the unforgiving grip of fear and death, and wonder how we would act if such a terrible event happened today. Details
The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses and Booby Tr... History Specials 1:28:21   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Fighting Nazis; grabbing golden treasure; fleeing angry natives; dodging pitfalls in a booby-trapped temple--we all know how fictional explorers and archaeologists spend their days. But does real life compare? We follow some of the most daring archaeologists and take on the dangers they face--Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass steps into a booby-trapped tomb; American Arthur Demarest fights looters in the jungles of Cancuen; and in Chiapas, angry villagers kidnap Australian-born Peter Mathews. We also examine stories of past explorers who helped shape the "Indiana Jones" stereotype--paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews battled venomous snakes and Mongol bandits in the Gobi Desert; John Pendlebury, the British archaeologist, fought Nazis on Crete; and Sylvanus Morley, who was the first American archaeologist/spy. Details
The True Story of Charlie Wilson's War History Specials 1:30:34   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     As incredible as anything in the pages of Tom Clancy or John le Carré, this is a gripping story of international intrigue, booze, drugs, sex, high society and arms deals. It is the true story of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's and CIA operative Gust Avrakotos's covert dealings in Afghanistan, and how they armed the Afghan Mujahideen in what became the CIA's largest and most successful campaign in history. Their goal was to turn Afghanistan into the Soviet Union's Vietnam. The effort would blow back to haunt America into the next century. Details
The True Story of Che Guevara History Specials 1:30:12   $3.99  See Preview/Download
     Che Guevara's quest to expand his revolution through Latin America and beyond had armies vying to destroy him. His almost mystical influence over others was what his enemies feared the most. The True Story of Che brings the revolutionary's trajectory to light in bloody, painstaking detail. Details
The White House: Behind Closed Doors History Specials 1:07:00   Only available with purchase of season  See Preview/Download
     Take an inside-access tour of the White House as President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush provide HISTORY with one of the most intimate looks at the private residence in 50 years. Shot in HD color, The White House: Behind Closed Doors is a revealing visit behind the scenes of America's most recognizable residence. Details

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