The response to Ken Burns’ latest documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History has been overwhelming. All credit to Ken Burns, who is a genius, and Geoffrey Ward, who has been researching and writing Ken’s scripts for many years, and who is the shining star of “talking heads” in this 14-hour epic about TR, Eleanor (his niece) and FDR (TR’s 5th cousin).
Working with Ken Burns has been one of the principal honors of my life. I was one of the talking heads in his documentary on Jefferson (1998), and an historical adviser to the film. I was in The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. And now I have had the joy of being a commentator about Theodore Roosevelt in this film.