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I had never heard of this man before and am very glad I watched this fascinating documentary. Next to learning more about an important part of our history I was fascinated (and distusted!) how such an intelligent person can be so successful and helpful to humanity but so create such horrific suffering to his own family. The human race never ceases to amaze me! I realize that most of us are a complex package deal of good and bad, but this guy pushed this to an extreme. I would like to know how he was able to live with himself, or how he had some semblance of peace in his own mind. I also don't understand how he was so driven up to the end of world war two and then was able to just step back and lead a simple life? Clearly more research is warranted for this complex individual and the friends he associated.
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2021
He was smart, he was affluent, he was also on the short-selling end of the depression, as they well tell you, and made millions during the depression and while everything else was happening he was playing in a lab with no limits. One can only look at the correspondence itself to see where his connections grew from and tended to that of the escaping populace of Europe during WWII.
Save the world? He merely kicked the can down the world for the U.S.A. to be the next nation to depend on the military and meddling for success. He wasn't a good father, husband, or even that much of a person when he wasn't nerding out. Nope, if he was a truly saving anyone he would have debased war rather than giving us more weapons.
—-This is an incredible documentary about a sometimes sadistic, almost pathologically secretive billionaire—who also happened to possess one of the most brilliant scientific minds of his era—and his single-minded determination to invent weapons which would win WWII for the Allies....
—- An amazing story—complete with the ambience of a spooky, old house (which both hid a world-class laboratory, and drew the greatest scientific minds of the day to its doors), and its troubled owner, whose outward brilliance masked an often cold cruelty....After watching this documentary, one isn’t likely to forget the name of “Alfred Loomis” — or his very conflicted place in history....
I was an Air Traffic Controller in the Marine Corps and in the 80s we still used AN-TPN8 scopes from WWII. If you will watch a film about Watson-Watts, who was only mentioned briefly here, you'll see what he had to do to keep the British Gov. from pulling the plug on Radar completely. This is PBS at it's worst. Loomis was a very selfish and cruel man. He had no business having a wife or family. He is no hero, as they portray him here.