Mark this on your calendar. Ken Burns, who has produced some of America's most acclaimed historical documentaries, will air his latest film starting Sunday night on PBS. The War is a seven-part, 15-hour documentary that "tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history — a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America — and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives."
You can get more information on the documentary from the PBS web site and this accompanying "Viewer's Guide (PDF)." You may also want to watch this series of video outtakes from the film, plus (see below) the trailer that previews Burn's ambitious project.