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Commanding Heights: The Battle For The World Economy; Battle of Ideas, The

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Commanding Heights: The Battle For The World Economy
Battle of Ideas, The
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Filmed over the course of two years on five continents, COMMANDING HEIGHTS: THE BATTLE FOR THE WORLD ECONOMY is the first in-depth documentary that tells the inside story of our new global economy and what it means for individuals around the world. Narrated by David Ogden Stiers, explores the new reality, new rules, and new winners and losers in the battle between government and the marketplace; the great debate over globalization; and the powerful force shaping our future society and economy. Based on the best-selling book The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, co-authored by Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw.

The series is built around extraordinary interviews with world leaders and thinkers from twenty different countries—including former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Dick Cheney, former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, Mexican President Vicente Fox, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Singapore’s Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew, former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, and President George W. Bush’s Economic Advisor Lawrence Lindsey. Series release date: 4/2002

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The first episode tells the story of how, for much of the Twentieth Century, the world moved toward more government control--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. The ideas of two economists lay at the center of, that struggle: John Maynard Keynes and Freidrich Von Hayek. Keynes ideas dominated for decades, as Hayek and his colleagues worked in the background to develop an intellectual current to offset the movement toward planning and government control.



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Sullivan, Michael (Series Producer)
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