In this two-part series renowned mountaineer Joe Simpson, who told his story of near-death in the Andes in Touching the Void, travels to Myanmar (formerly Burma) to retrace the steps of his father Ian, who served with the Chindits - special forces who fought a guerilla war behind Japanese lines in 1944.
Accompanied by explorer Ed Stafford, the first man to walk the length of the Amazon, and using the secret diary his father wrote, Joe experiences the challenging jungle conditions which made this one of the toughest campaigns of WWII.
Half-way through his journey events in modern-day Myanmar threaten to derail Joe's plans. Granted special permission to travel in a part of Myanmar closed to tourists, Joe suddenly finds that the first free elections since 1990 are triggering hostilities that could thwart his 30 year-old dream of re-connecting with his father's experiences - and give him unexpected insights into modern life in a little-known country.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Philip Van Cortlandt (1758), soldier, statesman, United States Congressman from New York Anthony Hoffman (1760), member of the New York State Senate Gilbert Livingston (1760), member of the New York Provincial Congress Gulian Verplanck (1768), Speaker of the New York State Assembly and president of the Bank of New York from 1791 to 1799 Philip Pell (1770), delegate for New York to the Congress of the Confederation Richard Varick (King's 1776), Mayor of New York City and American Revolutionary War figure; aide-de-camp of Benedict Arnold and private secretary of George Washington David A. Ogden (178-), United States Congressman from New York DeWitt Clinton (1786), Governor of New York who initiated the construction of the Erie Canal; also served as United States Senator from New York James Cochran (1788), United States Congressman from New York Daniel C. Verplanck (1788), United States Congressman from New York John Peter Van Ness (1789), United States Congressman from New York and mayor of Washington, D.C. George Graham (1790), acting U.S. Secretary of War under James Madison and James Monroe; Commissioner of the General Land Office from 1823 to 1830 John Graham (1790), secretary of the Orleans Territory; U.S. Minister to Portugal; acting United States Secretary of State in 1817 Jotham Post Jr. (1792), United States Congressman from New York John Randolph of Roanoke (1792), planter, United States Congressman from Virginia, United States Senate from Virginia, United States Ambassador to Russia; founder of the American Colonization Society George Clinton Jr. (1793), brother of DeWitt Clinton, and United States Congressman from New York George Izard (1793), general, politician; second Governor of the Territory of Arkansas James Parker (1793), United States Congressman from New Jersey Peter A. Jay (1794), son of Chief Justice John Jay; member of New York State Assembly and Recorder of New York City Cyrus King (1794), United States Congressman from Massachusetts John Ferguson (1795), Mayor of New York City Daniel D. Tompkins (1795), Vice President of the United States; Governor of New York Rensselaer Westerlo (1795), United States Congressman from New York Edward Philip Livingston (1796), member of the New York State Senate, great-great-grandfather of Eleanor Roosevelt Rudolph Bunner (1798), United States Congressman from New York John M. Bowers (180-), United States Congressman from New York Gulian C. Verplanck (1801), United States Congressman from New York and chairman of the United States House Committee on Ways and Means Gouverneur Kemble (1803), United States Congressman from New York and founder of the West Point Foundry John L. Lawrence (1803), member of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate Alpheus Sherman (1803), member of the New York State Senate James Alexander Hamilton (1805), son of Alexander Hamilton, soldier, acting United States Secretary of State under president Andrew Jackson, and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1829 to 1834 Edmund H. Pendleton (1805), United States Congressman from New York, great-nephew of Edmund Pendleton, first Chief Justice of Virginia Samuel B. Romaine (1806), Speaker of the New York State Assembly Henry H. Ross (1808), United States Congressman from New York Peter Dumont Vroom (1808), U.S. Minister to Prussia and Governor of New Jersey John Fine (1809), United States Congressman from New York John Slidell (1810), Confederate minister to France and a central figure of the Trent Affair during the American Civil War; United States Senator from Louisiana Charles G. Ferris (1811), United States Congressman from New York Nathanael G. 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O'Sullivan (1831), US Minister to Portugal; journalist who coined the term “Manifest Destiny”; publisher of The United States Magazine and Democratic Review James William Beekman (1834), member of the New York State Senate; vice-president of the New York Hospital Isaac C. Delaplaine (1834), United States Congressman from New York John Richardson Thurman (1835), United States Congressman from New York John Jay (1836), grandson of Chief Justice John Jay; United States Minister to Austro-Hungary; president of the American Historical Association John Vanderbilt (1837), judge, member of the New York State Senate William Ward Duffield (1841), officer, member of the Michigan Senate, superintendent of the U.S. National Geodetic Survey Abram Stevens Hewitt (1842), Mayor of New York City and planner of the first line of the New York City Subway system; Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1876 to 1877 Nicholas B. La Bau (1844), member of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate John Winthrop Chanler (1847), United States Congressman from New York Horace Carpentier (1848), first mayor of Oakland, California and president of the Overland Telegraph Company A. Bleecker Banks (185-), Mayor of Albany, New York; member of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate Galen A. Carter (1850), member of the Connecticut Senate Stewart L. Woodford (1854), Lieutenant Governor of New York and U.S. Minister to Spain Jacob Augustus Geissenhainer (1858), United States Congressman from New Jersey George Lockhart Rives (1868), United States Assistant Secretary of State and chairman of the Columbia trustees Hamilton Fish II (1869), Speaker of the New York State Assembly and U.S. Congressman Thomas C. E. Ecclesine (1870), member of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate Seth Low (1870), Mayor of New York City and president of Columbia University Oscar Solomon Straus (1871), first Jewish U.S. Cabinet secretary, U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Labor under Theodore Roosevelt, and U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, first president of the American Jewish Historical Society Robert Anderson Van Wyck (1871), first Mayor of New York City to preside over all five boroughs Robert Ray Hamilton (1872), member of New York State Assembly, great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton P. Henry Dugro (1876), United States Congressman from New York Benjamin Barker Odell Jr. (1877), Governor of New York; United States Congressman from New York Thomas G. Patten (1879), United States Congressman from New York Thomas F. Magner (1882), United States Congressman from New York Thomas Ewing III (1883), 33rd commissioner of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Herbert L. Satterlee (1883), Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1908 to 1909 William Sulzer (1884), Governor of New York J. Mayhew Wainwright (1884), U.S. Congressman and Assistant Secretary of War Charles Henry Turner (1888), United States Congressman from New York; Doorkeeper of the United States House of Representatives from 1891 to 1893 James W. Gerard (1890), United States Ambassador to Germany Victor M. Allen (1892), member of the New York State Senate John F. Carew (1893), United States Congressman from New York Harvey R. Kingsley (1893), President pro tempore of the Vermont State Senate Edward Lazansky (1895), Secretary of State of New York John Purroy Mitchel (1899), Mayor of New York City Charles H. Tuttle (1899), United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and 1930 Republican nominee for Governor of New York Henry W. Shoemaker (1901), folklorist, historian, diplomat; United States Ambassador to Bulgaria from 1930 to 1933 Martin C. Ansorge (1903), United States Congressman from New York Stanley M. Isaacs (1903), Manhattan Borough president from 1938 to 1942 Allen J. Bloomfield (1094), member of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate Fred Biermann (1905), United States Congressman from Iowa John Collier (1906), U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs Joseph C. O'Mahoney (1907), United States Senator from Wyoming James W. Mott (1909), United States Congressman from Oregon Emanuel Celler (1910), 39th Dean of the United States House of Representatives; United States Congressman from New York William Langer (1910), United States Senator and Governor of North Dakota Laurence Steinhardt (1913), former United States Ambassador to Sweden, Peru, the Soviet Union, Turkey, Czechoslovakia and Canada; the first United States Ambassador to be killed in office. Samuel Irving Rosenman (1915), 1st White House Counsel to presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman Frederic René Coudert Jr. (1918), United States Congressman from New York Harold F. Linder (191-), president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States from 1961 to 1968; former United States Ambassador to Canada Arthur Levitt Sr. (1921), longest-serving New York State Comptroller; father of Arthur Levitt, Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission Joseph Campbell (1924), fourth Comptroller General of the United States Arthur F. Burns (1925), Chairman of the Federal Reserve and U.S. Ambassador to West Germany Bernard M. Shanley (1925), White House Counsel from 1953 to 1955; Secretary to the President of the United States under Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1955 to 1957 Wolf Ladejinsky (1928), American agricultural economist and researcher and key adviser on land reform in Asian countries James Hagerty (1934), White House Press Secretary from 1953 to 1961 Faubion Bowers* (1935), General Douglas MacArthur's interpreter and Aide-de-camp during the Allied Occupation of Japan Hunter Meighan (1935), member of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate Arthur R. Albohn (1942), member of the New Jersey General Assembly David E. Mark (1943), former United States Ambassador to Burundi Christian H. Armbruster (1944), member of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate Harold Brown (1945), U.S. Secretary of Defense and president of the California Institute of Technology Albert Burstein (1947), Democratic Party politician and former Majority leader of the New Jersey General Assembly Edward N. Costikyan (1947), Democratic Party politician and reformer who oversaw the dismantling of Tammany Hall; partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Monteagle Stearns (1948), former United States Ambassador to Ivory Coast and United States Ambassador to Greece James D. Theberge (1952), former United States Ambassador to Chile and United States Ambassador to Nicaragua Richard E. Benedick (1955), president of the National Council for Science and the Environment, chief United States negotiator to the Montreal Protocol Morton Halperin (1958), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department, and member of Richard Nixon's Enemies List Pat Mullins (1959), Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia Constantine Menges (1960), national security aide to Ronald Reagan Jeff Bell (1965), Republican nominee for United States Senate from New Jersey in 1978, 1982, and in 2014 Raymond Burghardt (1967), chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Dick Morris (1967), political strategist and advisor to President Bill Clinton and Mexican President Felipe Calderón Mark C. Minton (1967), former U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia, and current president of the Korea Society Robert Delahunty (1968), Deputy General Counsel, White House Office of Homeland Security from 2002 to 2003; professor at University of St. Thomas School of Law Judd Gregg (1969), United States Senator from New Hampshire; Governor of New Hampshire; United States Congressman Jerrold Nadler (1969), United States Congressman from New York Dov Zakheim (1970), Under Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2004; advisor to the US Presidential administrations of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush Eric D. Coleman (1973), member of the Connecticut Senate Frank Dermody (1973), Democratic leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Donald Yamamoto (1975), former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Howard W. Gutman (1977), United States Ambassador to Belgium David Paterson (1977), first African American Governor of New York Karl Dean (1978), mayor of Nashville Christopher Dell (1978), career diplomat; former US ambassador to Zimbabwe Jim McGreevey (1978), Governor of New Jersey Andres Alonso (1979), former CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools Randal Quarles (1981), 15th Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance; partner at The Carlyle Group Andrew C. McCarthy (1981), Assistant United States Attorney and columnist for National Review Charles J. O'Byrne (1981), Secretary to the Governor of New York Michael Waldman (1982), speechwriter for president Clinton; president of the Brennan Center for Justice John Solecki (1982), U.S. official for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, kidnapped in Pakistan by the Balochistan Liberation United Front in 2009 Barack Obama (1983), 44th President of the United States and first African American to hold the office; former Senator from Illinois; winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Victor Cha (1983), foreign policy expert; President Bush's top advisor on North Korean affairs Jay Lefkowitz (1984), George W. Bush's special envoy for Human rights in North Korea Steven Waldman (1984), senior advisor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and founder of Beliefnet Julius Genachowski (1985) Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Daniel Lewis Foote (1986), United States Ambassador to Zambia David M. Friedman (1987), current United States Ambassador to Israel Matt Gonzalez (1987), Green Party San Francisco mayoral candidate and independent 2008 candidate for vice president running with Ralph Nader Julie Menin (1989), former chairperson of Manhattan Community Board 1 and current commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Robert Karem (1990s), Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and former acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dave Hunt (1990), 65th Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives and majority leader from 2007 to 2009 Michael Leiter (1991), Principal Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and former Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Melissa Mark-Viverito (1991), Speaker of the New York City Council Benjamin Lawsky (1992), attorney and New York City's first Superintendent of Financial Services Eric Garcetti (1992), member of the Los Angeles City Council and current Mayor of Los Angeles Matt Brown (1993), Secretary of State of Rhode Island from 2003 to 2007; co-founder of non-partisan group Global Zero Frank Scaturro (1994), lawyer, public advocate who spearheaded the restoration of Grant's Tomb; Republican candidate for New York's 4th congressional district Beto O'Rourke (1995), United States Congressman for Texas's 16th congressional district Jay Carson (1999), executive director of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; former press secretary for Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean's presidential campaigns George Demos (1999), former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission prosecutor and Republican candidate for New York's 1st congressional district David Segal (2001), member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives Robby Mook (2002), political campaign strategist and campaign manager for Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, former executive director of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; campaign manager for Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, 2016 Sam Arora (2003), member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 2011 to 2015 Cyrus Habib (2003), Lieutenant Governor of Washington, first and only Iranian American elected to a state office in the United States
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