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Critic reviews for Divided States of America
Even though I know four hours is a lot of time to spend with any one report, let me enthusiastically recommend Frontline's Divided States of America.
This two-part series is an exercise in what Frontline does best, which is to rewind recent history to a major turning point and meticulously examine each significant step that brought us to where we are now.
Frontline's four hours describing an America deeply divided begin captivatingly, with a seductively detailed history of Barack Obama's route to the presidency, and remain so for the entire two hours of night one of the documentary.
What they have accomplished, in what feels like a public service, is to methodically trace factors that helped foster Trump's rise, and how Barack Obama's election and blowback against it sowed the seeds that made a Trump presidency.
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