Leadership: Watching "The War" I'm also a history buff, especially 1939-1945. Ken Burns new documentary, "The War", is so far one of the best series I've seen on the subject. I know this has nothing to do with technology, but it is about life and what happened in our past to allow us to be what we are today. Ignoring the sacrifices made for the moment, 10 million soldiers coming back from the war went to college on the GI bill. Prior to WWII, the US was still mostly an agricultural nation. Technology gains during WWII as well as all those new new college degrees that followed had a lot to do with our technological progress since.
If you can, check it out. It's fascinating television.