Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer prize winner, examines
Ken Burns' new documentary for the Post:
"Toward the end of Ken Burns's seven-part, 15-hour extravaganza about World War II, the camera lingers for a full 40 seconds on the image of a dead U.S. Marine on Iwo Jima. Face up, arms splayed, teeth bared, he is as grotesque as a man forever young can be.
"Forty seconds is a long time to look at a corpse, and that is precisely the point in "The War," which airs tonight and for the next six nights on PBS stations. The dead share top billing with the living, and often upstage them. By the end of the first episode, we have viewed hundreds of bodies; by the time the credits roll after
Episode 7, we have seen many thousands."