This is an entertaining documentary that should not be ignored because of its imperfections. It might be the only information that many people ever learn of Admiral Rickover. And it does a satisfactory and entertaining job of giving people a basic overview of the man. If nothing else, this documentary makes it clear that Rickover was a man that stood firm in his convictions. He never let money, fame, or power compromise his principles. In fact, his unbreakable commitment to doing what he believed was right severely limited his career and professional prospects his entire life.
I am deeply offended and disgusted by people that think he was a narcissist. He was eccentric, demanding, difficult, and uncompromising, but he was not narcissistic even if he had fleeting moments of narcissism, as we all do. When he made clear his qualifications, it was not to boast; it was to impress upon people that he was a person that should not be ignored even though his lack of ingratiation to others generally made him a man that "important" people could easily ignore. His greatest weakness, as a person, not as an engineer, his greatest weakness was a lack of compassion. It was the result of his early life and the lack of compassion shown to him due to the institutionalized prejudice and discrimination of the world and of The United States of America. He lacked compassion and understanding and, therefore, demanded near perfection, no matter the personal cost because that is what the world required of him and he did not find it fair to demand less from others than what was demanded of him.
This documentary should be watched, not only to learn of a good man, but to learn morals that every one of us should strive to embody. And with that learning we should come to know that great things are accomplished through hard work, dedication, and principle. The greatest accomplishments of The United States of America are the result of good men and women that cared more about the results than the rewards. We have forgotten our history and our strengths as Americans, thus, out of bias and ignorance, our country has been diminishing. Under its current leadership that is focused on self, greed, and power we are languishing as a country. This leadership where sycophants and parasites hold the power, and use that power for self-aggrandizement, this leadership that deflects responsibility and blame upon the weak and powerless, this leadership that masterfully uses propaganda to prey upon the weak to support its corruption and power is destroying what it America was and is.
This documentary teaches us of Admiral Rickover, a great man that chose to do great things for great reasons. A man that respected his country, The United States of America, and strove to repay the debts that he felt he owed to his country. A man that cared more about doing what he felt was right than doing what he knew would help himself. He is a man we should learn of and not forget. And for this reason I have given this documentary 5 stars so that others might watch and learn of a good man that did not receive many professional accolades, but from the people that knew him he earned sincere gratitude and respect. If you do not know of Rickover, then please watch this documentary and learn.