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Wenstrup 1 Michael J. Wenstrup Mrs. Nott English 11 8 April 2010 “The World According to Tom”; a summary Today Tom Hanks has become “one of America’s highest profile history professors” through the creation of his great war films (41). Although today history plays a major role in Hanks’s life, it wasn’t always this way. In “The World According to Tom” by Douglas Brinkley, Brinkley describes Hanks’s journey from a young child to the history mastermind he is today. Brinkley describes that Hanks grew up a s a typical Baby Boomer who had a very narrow vision on the wars of the past. Hanks said, “My idea of American history was just a course you were forced to take,” describing his lack of interest in history (41). Yet over the past decades he as starred in and produced many movies and miniseries educating the public on America’s past wars. Today Hanks views history much different, he feels history as a “mixture of idealism and realism” in which both are incorporated into his films (42). Hanks feels that today’s public is not very knowledgeable about America’s past because
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